Title: Evaluation and analysis of household hazardous substances in Kuwait

Authors: Jasem M. Alhumoud

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat, Kuwait

Abstract: Many of the products we use for housework, gardening, home improvement, or car maintenance contain hazardous materials that endanger our health as well as pollute the environment. Inappropriate use, storage, and disposal of hazardous household products can cause injuries, poisoning, and air pollution. The objectives of this paper were to determine the type and the quantity of hazardous materials most commonly used at homes; the level of awareness concerning the disposal of these substances; and the extent of hazardous substance related accidents and injuries occurring at homes. The study concludes with useful recommendations on public education and awareness programs.

Keywords: hazardous substances; household accidents; Kuwait; awareness levels; disposal; injuries; public education; public health.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2009.026056

International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 2009 Vol.37 No.4, pp.383 - 397

Published online: 26 May 2009 *

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