US health industry group calls for the end of PVC use in schools

02 November 2011 22:47  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Public Health Association (APHA) has passed a resolution calling for schools, day care centres and hospitals to phase out the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) because it poses possible health risks, the US Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) said on Wednesday.

PVC is a plastic commonly found in building materials like flooring, carpeting and roofing, as well as computers, cell phones, school supplies, IV bags and other medical devices, the CHEJ said.

“Chemicals such as phthalates, which are added to make PVC soft and flexible, are released from these PVC products and pose avoidable public health risks,” the group added.

Allen Blakey, a spokesman for The Vinyl Institute, said the APHA has been misinformed about the safety of PVC.

“It appears they have based this resolution on outdated information,” Blakey said. “No manufacturers we know of use heavy metals like lead or cadmium any more. Those metals have been largely discontinued.”

Blakey said several government agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration, have found no evidence of harm from PVC.

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By: Bobbie Clark
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