A new study has found that the chemicals found in Australian fibre board dusts can cause cancer and asthma, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.
The report is part of the Government’s “Cancer and Chemicals” campaign, which is aimed at addressing a wide range of health issues, from environmental degradation to air pollution and climate change.
The researchers said the findings raise the question of how often the chemicals used in Australian household fibre board products are used in the manufacture of those products, as well as the effect they have on human health.
They say the chemicals also raise concern about their environmental impact.
The paper, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, looked at the chemicals in a number of different products manufactured by Australian manufacturers, including fiberboard, carpet, insulation, insulation tiles and other products.
The chemical compounds, which were found to be present in a range of products, including furniture and carpet, have been shown to cause a variety of health effects, including heart disease, cancer, reproductive and developmental problems.
The chemicals are not a significant health concern for most people, according the paper, but are potentially a concern for people with asthma and cardiovascular diseases.
The research also looked at people in rural areas in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, where fibreboard production is widespread.
It found that in rural communities, exposure to the chemicals were found at higher rates than in urban areas.
It also found that exposure to some of the chemicals was associated with respiratory symptoms, including bronchitis and asthma.
The study found that, in urban settings, the chemical exposure was lower than the exposure in rural settings, but it was higher in rural households than urban households.
“This paper highlights the need for more research to identify the toxic chemicals used to manufacture fibre board and other materials used in Australia’s economy,” said Professor David Watson, one of the authors of the paper.
“Our findings suggest that the chemical compounds in Australia are potentially hazardous to health.
We have found that many of the products we have analysed have significant levels of the toxic compounds, and we have identified that many are in indoor environments.”
Professor Watson said there was also a risk of people using the products in the wrong places, such as the kitchen, because the chemicals are used to coat and seal the fibreboard.
He said people with respiratory problems were more likely to be exposed to these chemicals.
“There is also the potential for indoor inhalation exposure to those people, and this would increase the risk of developing a range for asthma and other health problems,” he said.
“If these chemicals were to be manufactured in indoor settings, these chemicals should be produced at an environmental cleanup site, where the chemicals would not be available for people to inhale and accumulate, and would be removed from indoor environments before they can be inhaled into the body.”
Professor John Brown, of the University of New South Wales, said the chemicals could pose a serious health threat to people living near a fibreboard manufacturing site.
“The use of these chemicals in indoor air can lead either to indoor exposure or to outdoor exposure, and these chemicals are known to increase the incidence of diseases including asthma, bronchiolitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),” he said in a statement.
Professor Brown said the research was important to highlight the need to take action to protect people from the chemicals.”
It is important to note that these chemicals have been approved for indoor use, and have been extensively tested in animal models.”
Professor Brown said the research was important to highlight the need to take action to protect people from the chemicals.