This report summarizes a collaboration between the Haz Waste Program and the University of Washington to create a map of the environmental health disparities (EHD) that exist across communities in King County. This report outlines the methodology and includes a snapshot of current environmental and social conditions within King County.
Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Refugee Children - King County Public Health Partnership
This report summarizes the Haz Waste Program and Public Health Partnership work supporting Afghan refugee families in reducing their child’s exposure to sources of lead in the home and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate resources for children with elevated blood lead levels.
This report summarizes the efforts of Mother Africa, a community-based organization, to raise awareness about the effects of using and disposing of household hazardous materials among immigrant and refugee families from Africa and the Middle East.
This report summarizes the Haz Waste Program and Sea Mar's work in 2020 to increase awareness of the hazards of using disinfectants in the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in King County and to teach safer ways of cleaning.
Perchloroethylene and Dry Cleaning: It’s Time to Move the Industry to Safer Alternatives
This journal article advocates for transitioning the dry cleaning industry away from perchloroethylene (PERC) and describes the local efforts of the Haz Waste Program to switch dry cleaners to professional wet cleaning. [Project: Drycleaning]
Teaching Safer Cleaning Practices in the Homes of Spanish-Speaking Immigrants
We evaluated three new high-flashpoint hydrocarbon dry cleaning solvents: Optima DCFTM, SenseneTM, and Intense®. All three solvents are likely safer alternatives to perchloroethylene (PERC) for dry cleaning. [Project: Drycleaning]