Teen Study Reveals Dangerous Chemicals in Cosmetics

In Salinas, California, home to a booming agricultural industry and stark economic contrast between the south and east sides of town, a group of teenagers became involved in a University of California, Berkeley research study involving chemicals in cosmetics.

The main chemicals the young students were focused on are a kind called “endocrine disruptors,” which can be found in many of the commercially available cosmetic products in large retail stores like Wal-Mart.

But less than 20% of cosmetic chemicals have been assessed for safety, meaning it’s difficult to tell what effects these chemicals have on the body—especially when applied daily.

California Endowment reporting fellow Vanessa Rancaño reports on the teen researchers who helped bring new light to an ignored problem in the word of makeup.

The UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) announces the release of a new training course for California’s licensed pest management professionals serving schools and child care.

You can go directly to the course here: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/ training/school-and-child- care-ipm.html

New changes to the Healthy Schools Act in 2015 strongly encourage schools and child care providers to use the least toxic methods to control pests. 

Called integrated pest management, or IPM, these methods aim to prevent pests. 

When there is a problem, pesticides are used as a last resort, and, baits or traps are preferred over sprays and foggers.