Almost every home contains hazardous
products, or products that can harm human health or the environment if improperly handled.
They are products used in cleaning, home improvements, automobile maintenance, lawn
and garden care, hobbies, and a variety of other tasks.
Each year, thousands of people are
injured by exposure or accident involving hazardous household products. Because of
the dangers they pose, these products require special awareness, handling, and
disposal. In order to protect health and environment, every consumer should know how
to properly use, store, and dispose of hazardous household products. An
extensive list of educational resources that can be downloaded from this site is provided
Hazardous Waste Project (HHWP) promotes promotes the safe use, storage and disposal of
hazardous materials by educating consumers to
- identify and avoid potentially
- buy only what is needed, use
it up completely or share leftovers with someone who can use it
- recycle those materials that
can be recycled, and
- dispose of leftover or
unwanted products through hazardous waste collection facilities.
HHWP has produced a
variety of educational materials to assist individuals, unregulated businesses, and
communities in dealing with hazardous materials.
Virtual House, a collaboration with the
University of Missouri Extension, EPA Region VII, and Purdue University, is an interactive
web site providing information on hazardous products. Visitors can tour the rooms of the
Virtual House and click on products typically found there to learn more about a product's
hazard, personal protection, safer alternatives, and best management practices.
to a Healthy Home protect your children's health, is a 24-page booklet that can help you make sure
your home is a safe and healthy place to be. Spanish and English version available
Missouri-specific Home*A*Syst guides. Scroll down to the Home*A*Syst
Hazardous Materials Management Association
Department of Natural Resources Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
BIRC - The
Integrated Pest Managment(IPM)Specialists
NCAP - Northwest
Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides