Title: Investigation of knowledge, opinions and behaviour of families with children concerning the residence on slightly contaminated sites 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: Denmark 
Language(s): Danish
Year: 2003 
Availability: Environmental project, Miljørapport nr. 846 
Author 1/Producer: Nielsen, J.B. 
Other Authors/Producers: Elverdam, B. 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Publisher: The Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Miljøstyrelsen 
Publisher City: Strandgade 29, DK-1405 Copenhagen K, Denmark 
ISBN: 87-7972-892-8 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www2.mst.dk/common/Udgivramme/Frame.asp?pg=http://www ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
Size: (e.g. 20mb) 157 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->management&admin
Contaminated land-->policy and regulatory
Diffuse pollution-->Regulation
Short description: Residents on urban sites contaminated with low levels of lead contamination in the range from 40-400 mg Pb/kg soil receive ‘guidance on good practice and preventive measures”. This study focussed on information, attitudes, and behaviour among parents of children aged 3-5 years living in central or suburban Copenhagen to assess if the guidance is effective. 
Long description: The objective of the study is to assess if parents with young children living in an urban environment have received, read, understood, and implemented appropriate measures to reduce exposure to slightly contaminated soils. The study was based on qualitative interviews with a smaller number of parents and questionnaires to a larger group. It demonstrated that advice is not followed by half the parents. Approximately 60% of the parents reported that their children always washed their hands before eating and there was a clear agreement between the parental focus and attitude towards pollution generally and specific actions to reduce exposure to pollutants. Dissemination of information via institutions or directly to the parents is prefered, but still not optimal since pollution was perceived differently by experts and parents of small children. Parents want to be informed directly with material describing the pollution, the potential consequences, and how to deal with it. The environmental authorities need to re-evaluate information strategies especially with consideration to the ready availability of the material, ease of comprehension (is the message clear) and how often the information should be disseminated to ensure that all parents receive the necessary information. 
Submitted By: Dr Jacqueline Falkenberg WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 02/04/2007

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