Find products in your home or surroundings that contain the following substances: heavy metals, harmful solvents, volatile organic compounds or vapors, pesticides, and radiation. Be creative in your search; the products can be household items or those that you are exposed to on a daily basis. You must find a total of 10 contaminants. Include at least one contaminant from each category.

 

Use the Contaminant Scavenger Hunt Matrix to track the following information for each contaminant:

Classify the contaminant as a heavy metal, harmful solvent, volatile organic compound or vapor, pesticide, or radiation.

Identify the source or sources of the contaminant.

Describe how the contaminant affects plants and humans.

Identify how the contaminant is absorbed–routes of exposure–and distributed–transport.

Identify the toxic response, or symptoms.

 

Describe how the contaminant is eliminated, or detoxification.

Toxicant

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Classification of toxicant

 

 

 

 

 

Source

 

 

 

 

 

Location in house or room

 

 

 

 

 

Effect on plants and humans

 

 

 

 

 

Routes of exposure

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

Toxic response

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination

 

 

 

 

 

Toxicant

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Classification of toxicant

 

 

 

 

 

Source

 

 

 

 

 

Location in house or room

 

 

 

 

 

Effect on plants and humans

 

 

 

 

 

Routes of exposure

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

Toxic response

 

 

 

 

 

Elimination