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Kenya Sustainable Cities - Improved Industrial Health = Your Safety

August 7, 2018

Have you ever stopped to think about how things are made in our factories? What are the steps that workers follow? Where do the materials they use come from? What about the chemicals in those materials?

 

Industrial activity is an essential component of modern living. None of us have the time or skills to make all of our own clothes, harvest all of the food we eat, let alone build our own cars, computers and mobile phones. The challenge we face is that over the years we have never made the time to clean up our industrial processes. As the global population increases from 7.6 billion (August 2018) to an anticipated 9.8 billion in 2050, yes there will be more people to sell products to but how healthy will they be? 

 

http://worldpopulationreview.com

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-cities-by-2030-2018-7

 

At the current rate of growth, all we will be doing if we do not change is increasing the number of toxic pollutants we are exposed to on a daily basis.

 

The first place we can demand increased safety is in our homes and offices (including if we work in factories). Circular Economy is not a benefit if we re-circulate and re-use toxic materials. The more we are aware of the available alternatives the better we are at creating safer environments.

 

A summary report on issues to consider:

 

Human Health Risk Assessment of Combined Exposures to Chemicals

https://ki.se/sites/default/files/2011-3.pdf

 

Networks that can help increase your ability to identify safe chemicals and practices:

 

Healthy Building Network 

https://healthybuilding.net

 

Health Care Without Harm

https://noharm.org

 

Global Health and Safety Initiative 

http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/135432/Health+Safety/International+HR+Best+Practices+Tips+Global+Workplace+Health+And+Safety+Compliance+From+The+Micro+Protecting+The+Individual+Traveler+To+The+Macro+Protecting+The+International+Workforce

 

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families 

https://saferchemicals.org/

 

 

At CSTI we have partnered with the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) to improve the quality and safety of the built environment. 

 

Contact KGBS for local guidance on how to improve your local environment

 

Tel: + 254 710 869 547

 

http://kenyagreenbuildingsociety.co.ke

 

Let us make combine efforts to make sure that our healthy activities are not being sabotaged by a polluted core: demand safer chemicals. 

 

 

Close up View: Understanding Toxic Chemicals 

 

 

 

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We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners who believe that the scientific and technological knowledge we develop is a legacy trust we create for the community.

Some people are artists, others give inspirational speeches.  We deliver understanding that can be adapted to solve ecological and industrial problems.  The eagerness with which this understanding is received and used is what inspires us to do our work.

We  must treat the earth well. It was not given to us by our parents, it is loaned to us by our children.

Mtunze ardhi vyema. Hamkupewa na wazazi, bali mlikopeshwa na wazawa wenu. (Swahili)

 csti milestones: 

 

Sept 16, 1998:   Micro-Science kits were developed for schools and are still in use.

 

1997 to 1999:  Micro-Science kits were developed for schools and are still in use.

 

2010:  Conclusion of our Sakai Community Resilience to Drought project in which over US $300,000 total funding was leveraged to develop a replicable model for community resilience to drought.  The model was adopted by Kenya government. (See IISD website for additional details)

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