What are the health impacts on residents living near a landfill?

Yesterday I did what should be a routine thing—I completed all of my hazardous household materials recycling. This visit included years of paint cans, dead batteries and CFL bulbs. The last visit was quite some time ago but each time I go I find myself feeling introspective. While I am happy to know that I am disposing of these items appropriately, I can’t help but think what, if any, health disparities the residents living near the landfill may have?

I was compelled to do a bit of research on this topic and I thought I would share…

In a very quick Google search, I found multiple studies completed outside of the United States and the few studies documented within the United States were completed over a decade ago.

I found some very informative basic information about landfill gas from the EPA. I also found what I at first thought might be the holy grail of information on the CDC website from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), only to be deflated by reading a disclaimer that the documents are only maintained on the site as a historical reference and may contain data that is no longer current or accurate. When I attempted to go directly to ATSDR’s site and search ‘landfill’, I was redirected to the CDC.

This blog post is not to be confused with a scoping or systematic review of the literature.  Based on a very quick Google search, here is what I found:

This March, 2000 systematic review of the literature on the Health Effects of Residence Near Hazardous Waste Landfill Sites, discussed findings of ‘an increased prevalence of self-reported health symptoms such as fatigue, sleepiness, and headaches among residents near waste sites’. However, the review concludes that ‘risks to health from landfill sites are hard to quantify’, and due to the ‘complicated nature of the exposure, it is likely that there will always remain a degree of uncertainty regarding health effects of landfill sites.’

This 2016 study completed in Central Italy ‘found associations between hydrogen sulphide exposure from landfills and mortality from lung cancer as well as mortality and morbidity for respiratory disease’.

This 2017 study completed in Brazil found ‘the exposed group is 3.33 times more likely to develop hematological abnormalities, taking as reference its exposure to the landfill, as opposed to the group that was not exposed’.

This 2019 case study completed in South Africa ‘concludes that the residents living closer to the landfill sites are at higher health and environmental risks when compared to those living far away from he landfill sites’.

The evidence on the health of those living near landfills appears to still be controversial.  The studies, cited above, all discuss limitations relating to difficulty with assessing the impact on the health of populations exposed to waste. Furthermore, this difficulty contributes to the gap in literature. If you are aware recent, reputable information on this topic, please feel free to discuss in the comments.

Penny for your thoughts…….

October 6, 2019 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

July LIVE Virtual Home Mods/ Inclusive Design Continuing Education

Live Webinar: Inclusive Bathrooms:  July 18, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Live Webinar: Inclusive Kitchens:      July 25, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Live-Virtual 1 and 2 day course:
Inclusive Housing:
Space Planning, Design & Building a Business

July 11: Space Planning & Design
July 12: Building A Business

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June 27, 2017 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Introducing Nest for Life!

Introducing Nest for Life! Your digital resource for Inclusive Design. Life is an adventure; living in your house shouldn’t be. #NestforLife  #GetNested

Check out Episode 1: No step entry

Life is busy. We are all looking for that elusive “Easy” button. If our homes could help make everyday tasks easier and more convenient, who wouldn’t sign up? In fact, a well-designed home can help, and it can help everyone. Nest for Life is a digital resource for inclusive design. Nest for Life episodes show how design can provide a layer of invisible convenience for your everyday routine. Using a lifespan design approach, the living space design is inspirational; boasting comfort, convenience and flexibility to take on life’s potential challenges and changing lifestyle needs, without sacrificing aesthetics. Life is an adventure; living in your house shouldn’t be. #GetNested 

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May 11, 2017 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

The 2017 Summer Continuing Education Schedule is here!!!

Live Webinar: Inclusive Bathrooms:
June 6, 2:00–3:30pm EST
July 18, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Live Webinar: Inclusive Kitchens:
June 13, 2:00-3:30pm EST
July 25, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Live-Virtual 1 and 2 day course:
Inclusive Housing:
Space Planning, Design & Building a Business

June 20 & July 11: Space Planning & Design
June 21 & July 12: Building A Business

CLICK HERE to REGISTER AND FOR INFO:
http://empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html

Can’t make the above dates????
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May 4, 2017 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Feb 9 Webinar: Inclusive Kitchens

Feb 9, 2017 Webinar: Inclusive Kitchens 7:00-8:30pm EST

For more information & to register: http://empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html 

Course Description

This intermediate level webinar will provide the participant with knowledge of interventions specific to inclusive kitchen modifications. The presentation will be filled with visual imagery to give examples of inclusive kitchen design as it conforms to a varied spectrum of users. Multiple case studies will be utilized to demonstrate the application of interventions. This webinar includes a review of critical kitchen measurements as they relate to the determination of client-centered design recommendations and product solutions.

Course audience includes occupational therapists, physical therapists, builders, remodelers, architects, interior designers, housing professionals, case managers, healthcare professionals, realtors and others interested in inclusive design.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

• Identify various kitchen modification interventions that meet the needs of a varied spectrum of users.

• Differentiate between accessible versus inclusive kitchen design interventions and product solutions.

• Through case studies, will formulate and apply a rationale for selecting kitchen modification interventions to ensure that current and future needs of the client, caregivers and other household members needs are met.

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January 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

The 2017 Continuing Education schedule is here!!!

Live Webinars

Inclusive Bathrooms:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00–8:30pm EST

Inclusive Kitchens:
Thursday, February 9, 2017     7:00-8:30pm EST
CLICK HERE to REGISTER AND FOR INFO

Live-Virtual 1 and 2 day course:  

Inclusive Housing:
Space Planning, Design & Building a Business

Wednesday March 8, 2017: Space Planning & Design

Thursday March 9, 2017: Building A Business

CLICK HERE to REGISTER AND FOR INFO
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Why EmpowerAbility for your
continuing education?

After many years of presenting at professional conferences and continuously educating and collaborating with professionals on home and community design projects, Debra Young has taken the last 15+ years of content and case studies and developed it into webinars and live virtual continuing education courses on inclusive (person-centered) housing and community design.
What are the benefits of a live webinar and live virtual course?

  1. You get expert content from the comfort of your own home.
  2. You get access to the content expert, readily available to answer all of your questions.
  3. You get the opportunity to interact with colleagues and develop professional connections.
  4. You get to participate in interactive work groups on actual case studies (for 1 & 2 day courses).

January 5, 2017 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

We all have to go to the bathroom (so I am holding a webinar about it!)

 

After many years of presenting at professional conferences and continuously educating and collaborating with professionals on home and community design projects, I have taken the last 10+ years of content and case studies and developed it into webinars and live virtual continuing education courses on inclusive (person-centered) housing and community design.

What are the benefits of a live webinar and live virtual course?

  1. You get expert content from the comfort of your own home.
  2. You get access to the content expert, readily available to answer all of your questions.
  3. You get the opportunity to interact with colleagues and develop professional connections.
  4. You get to participate in interactive work groups on actual case studies (for 1 & 2 day courses).

Only ONE WEEK LEFT until the INCLUSIVE BATHROOMS WEBINAR–REGISTER NOW!

Inclusive Bathrooms: Tuesday July 19, 2016 2:00–3:30pm  CLICK TO REGISTER &FOR INFO

Inclusive Kitchens: Tuesday July 26, 2016 2:00–3:30pm

PLUS:

1 and 2 day course:
August 9-10, 2016:
Inclusive Housing: Space Planning, Design & Building a Business
http://empowerability.com/ProfessionalEducation.html

July 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

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