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February 28, 2012 15:47 ET

Harmful Chemicals: How You Can Protect Yourself

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2012) - Chemicals are all around you - in your environment, food, clothes and even your body. While many of them help to improve your quality of life, some chemicals may cause harm to your health and the environment.

Some people, like children, pregnant women and seniors, are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of chemicals. Similarly, areas of our environment that are near major sources of pollutants are also at risk.

The Government of Canada is taking action to help protect Canadians from harmful chemicals. The Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) is the primary tool used to assess and regulate chemicals. While the CMP provides a number of measures to manage chemicals, there are actions you can take to protect your health and environment:

  • Always follow label directions when using products, and store products according to package directions.
  • Use proper disposal methods for products that may contain hazardous material.
  • Make your home and car smoke-free.
  • Use a wet cloth to remove dust.
  • Open windows whenever possible to increase ventilation, especially when you are painting, varnishing or installing new carpets.
  • Choose low emission paints, varnishes and glues.

For more information on the CMP, visit To learn more about pollution prevention, visit

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