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Environment and health

Just like everywhere else, there is a close connection between the environment and health in Brussels. Pollution of the outside air, pollution of the inside air, water pollution, exposure to noise, the management of contaminated soil, access to natural spaces, etc. The health and quality of life of Brussels inhabitants are the subtext to almost all of the issues explored within this State of the Environment Report. You can access these issues via the column on the left, opposite.

In addition to the topics covered in the rest of the report, this chapter specifically tackles two examples of the impact of our behaviour on our health: the use of disinfectants for cleaning floors (in particular in child reception environments) and their consequences on the quality of the inside air; and managing the risk posed by Lyme's disease.

Effectiveness of cleaning products and disinfectants in a crèche

Incidence of Lyme's disease

Other issues have been tackled within the scope of previous editions of the Report. Do not hesitate to consult these (also via the column opposite).

Finally, various documents which have been produced at the same time as the Reports of the State of the Environment are also useful for examining the connections between the environment and health, and they supplement the issues tackled within the reports on the State of the Environment:

Air :

Les accords internationaux et leurs implications en matière de fourniture de données impact local : protéger la santé publique ("The international agreements and their implications in matter of data supply: Protect the public health", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Directives de la qualité de l'air de l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé ("Air quality: guidelines from the World Health Organization", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Pollution atmosphérique en RBC: constats ("Atmospheric pollution in BCR:facts", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

CRIPI, un outil de diagnostic environnemental de la pollution intérieure ("CRIPI, tool for the environmental diagnosis of indoor pollution", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

CRIPI, analyse et résultats des enquêtes ("CRIPI, analyses and investigations results", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

CRIPI, analyse qualitative et témoignages d'utilisateurs ("CRIPI: qualitative analysis and evidence from users", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)[VVE2]

Noise :

Notions acoustiques et indices de gêne ("Elementary knowledge of acoustic and discomfort indexes", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Impact du bruit sur la gêne, la qualité de la vie et la santé ("Noise impact on discomfort, quality of life and health", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Exposition au bruit dans les crèches ("Exposition to noise within crèches", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Water :

Qualité de l'eau de distribution ("Tap water quality", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Risks : electromagnetic waves :

Champs électromagnétiques et santé ("Electromagnetic fields and health", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Electrosensibilité ou intolérance aux champs électromagnétiques ("Electrosensitivity or intolerance to electromagnetic fields", factsheet, .pdf, in French and Dutch only)

Health :

Qui squatte la demeure de votre patient ? ("Who squatte your patient 's residence?", web tool integrating health problems and environmental causes to suspect, in French and Dutch only)

Date de mise à jour: 18/12/2017