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A Toxics-Free Future

Fostering Importance of Chemical and Product Safety in Local Communities

In this project, Resource Centre Leskovac sought to understand the level of community knowledge about toxic chemicals in toys, and also tested specific toys for toxic ingredients. Research was therefore done with 150 health workers/parents (with children from 2 -12 years of age) in health institutions in four local communities to determine their awareness. Next, four groups of toys, divided by materials (metal, plastic, wood and rubber) were tested for heavy metals, phthalates and formaldehyde chemicals. Finally, a public awareness campaign was carried out in local communities in general, and also in health institutions in the Jablanica district, to inform them of the results of the toy testing. Promotional printed materials were also distributed with important information on hazardous materials in products of common use and toys, as a tool to raise awareness.

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