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Kunskap, attityd och kommunikation gällande skadliga ämnen i leksaker, elektronik och madrasser - intervjuer med förskolechefer i Malmö

Emilsson Pohara, Masa LU (2014) MVEK03 20141
Studies in Environmental Science
Abstract
Studies show that toys, electronics and mattresses that are used by children in preschool environments contain hazardous substances. These substances can cause serious long term effects on children’s health and development and it is therefore important to minimise exposure to products containing these substances. Young children spend a significant amount of time in preschools and a change in the preschool environment could have an important effect on the total level of exposure. Toys, electronics and mattresses are also things that are relatively easy to replace and are therefore the focus of this study. The preschool head is responsible for the purchase of these items and therefore six preschool heads in the city of Malmö have been... (More)
Studies show that toys, electronics and mattresses that are used by children in preschool environments contain hazardous substances. These substances can cause serious long term effects on children’s health and development and it is therefore important to minimise exposure to products containing these substances. Young children spend a significant amount of time in preschools and a change in the preschool environment could have an important effect on the total level of exposure. Toys, electronics and mattresses are also things that are relatively easy to replace and are therefore the focus of this study. The preschool head is responsible for the purchase of these items and therefore six preschool heads in the city of Malmö have been interviewed. The purpose of the interviews is to find out how much the preschool heads know about the hazardous substances in toys, electronics and mattresses, what attitude they have toward this issue and in what way information is best communicated to them. The study shows that there is some knowledge of often discussed concepts related to hazardous substances in toys. No knowledge is shown of hazardous substances occurring in electronics and mattresses. The preschool heads that have engaged in projects and discussion with experts show better knowledge about this issue. More knowledge is necessary to enable better choices in purchasing preschool items. The preschool heads show a positive attitude toward the discussion, to increasing their knowledge and making a better environment for the children. But it is hard to find time for this issue, and too many false alarms and broad-brush information perceived by the head and employees is slowing the progress down. The preschool heads wish for concrete and substantial information, by courses, checklists for purchases, webpages and lists of what items to avoid. (Less)
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Emilsson Pohara, Masa LU
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MVEK03 20141
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Swedish
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4465101
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2014-07-01 14:03:48
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  abstract     = {Studies show that toys, electronics and mattresses that are used by children in preschool environments contain hazardous substances. These substances can cause serious long term effects on children’s health and development and it is therefore important to minimise exposure to products containing these substances. Young children spend a significant amount of time in preschools and a change in the preschool environment could have an important effect on the total level of exposure. Toys, electronics and mattresses are also things that are relatively easy to replace and are therefore the focus of this study. The preschool head is responsible for the purchase of these items and therefore six preschool heads in the city of Malmö have been interviewed. The purpose of the interviews is to find out how much the preschool heads know about the hazardous substances in toys, electronics and mattresses, what attitude they have toward this issue and in what way information is best communicated to them. The study shows that there is some knowledge of often discussed concepts related to hazardous substances in toys. No knowledge is shown of hazardous substances occurring in electronics and mattresses. The preschool heads that have engaged in projects and discussion with experts show better knowledge about this issue. More knowledge is necessary to enable better choices in purchasing preschool items. The preschool heads show a positive attitude toward the discussion, to increasing their knowledge and making a better environment for the children. But it is hard to find time for this issue, and too many false alarms and broad-brush information perceived by the head and employees is slowing the progress down. The preschool heads wish for concrete and substantial information, by courses, checklists for purchases, webpages and lists of what items to avoid.},
  author       = {Emilsson Pohara, Masa},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Kunskap, attityd och kommunikation gällande skadliga ämnen i leksaker, elektronik och madrasser - intervjuer med förskolechefer i Malmö},
  year         = {2014},
}