Colour and Cancer: The Hazards of House Paint

In her book "Healthy Home Healthy Family" Nicole Bijlsma ND, BHScAc(Hons), Grad Dip OHS, Dip Building biology, PhD candidate and Author, covers many aspects of the relationship between our home environment and our health. Refer pages 61 and 309-313. See also

Soft Technology magazine, the early version of the ATA's Renew magazine, published an article titled 'Colour and cancer: the hazards of house paint ' in issue 55 dated 1996. The preamble reads "Synthetic paints can make your home unhealthy to live in. We explain why plant-based alternatives are better. " You can read the article here or if you wish, the magazine is still available as a pdf (for a small fee) at

And further info is at: Occupational Exposure as a Painter  Main substances (and classes of substances) to which workers may be exposed in the painting trades Painters at significantly increased risk of bladder cancer, study finds National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Painting and Drawing - health hazards associated with 

Bladder cancer risk in painters: a meta-analysis. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM)  is the official journal of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Bladder cancer risk in painters: a review of the epidemiological evidence, 1989–2004 Cancer risks in painters: study based on the New Zealand Cancer Registry. Health hazards of solvents exposure among workers in paint industry Chronic painters' syndrome. Chronic toxic encephalopathy in house painters. From this article there are many links to case studies.