How can I Reduce My Exposure to Soil Contaminants?

Reducing Exposure

Adults and children who spend time in gardens can be exposed to soil contaminants by eating or breathing in soil particles, by direct skin contact with the soil, and by eating contaminated produce.

Encouraging healthy gardening habits for all garden users is a good way to reduce exposure to soil contaminants

10 Healthy Garden Habits for reducing exposure to soil contaminants

Children in the garden will have higher exposures than adults because they like to play in the dirt, put their hands into their mouths, and may even eat small amounts of soil.

Children are more vulnerable to the negative effects of some soil contaminants because their bodies and brains are still developing.