People nowadays are paranoid when it comes their health. Everything from GMO products, cancer agents, conventionally-produced-and-pesticide-bathe crops, electromagnetic radiation, UV radiation to soy products and pastries are bad. Hell, eating anything today or just enjoying the outdoors is bad!
What you have to remember is that every day we are exposed to thousands of substances that are bad for our health and to try to avoid those substances is futile. The body is actually fairly equipped to take on these substances (we did not become one of the most successful species to evolve on earth for nothing). If you really want to stay healthy, then make your body and your immune system stronger by exercising and eating healthily so your body is at its prime to take on the “bad world” that we live in.
This puts us at the issue of using storage containers for a variety of purposes and the health concerns associated to their use. If you want to know more then visit www.moveablecontainer.com. The following are some health concerns raised by some people in response to the widespread container building revolution:
This process requires bombarding the wooden flooring and wooden crates inside storage containers with potent chemicals that act as pesticides and fungicides to ensure that only the cargo are unloaded into the destination without the risk of spreading pests and diseases. Health concerns regarding these substances are becoming a major issue especially for those who are planning to call a storage container home. Now let us get two facts straight:
•Not all containers are treated with chemicals
Only around 15% of containers contain dangerous levels of chemicals for humans and of that, only 0.5% presents immediate risks to personnel who will directly handle cargo. It is worthy to note that for people to develop diseases, chronic and frequent exposure to the chemicals must happen first. Now, numbers and percentages do not matter if you are unfortunate enough to buy or rent a storage container from that 15%. What will you do now?
•Containers with dangerous chemicals can be treated to remove dangerous chemicals
Treatments to decontaminate storage containers exist, though these will cost some money. However, the overall cost of building, for example, a house or office using a container will still be cheaper than building a conventional house. Some use epoxy coating to cover decontaminated surfaces for extra “security” against toxic fumes.
Harmful chemicals from cargo
Benzene and Toluene from adhesives used in the cargo and other chemical emissions from freshly-produced factory goods can build up inside storage containers. The health risks associated from these chemicals are less than fumigants but nevertheless, still significant. This is remedied by simply facilitating ventilation to remove or reduce the chemical hazards.
Paints used to protect the container
To make storage containers resistant enough to survive sea transport, it is best to use paints that are lead-based or have chromate and phosphorus. To eliminate the health hazards these paints produce, removal is recommended. Some removal methods range from sanding (hand or powered), wire brushing to heat stripping. It is important to wear the necessary gear and observe the safety precautions when removing the paint. Some people even measure the lead levels before they paint it again with the desired hazard-free paint.
Electro-magnetic fields (EMF)
The theory behind this is that because you are enclosed in a metal box, EMFs will be propagated more and thus may cause harm for you. The truth is, we are exposed everyday to low-levels of electro-magnetic fields (any electronic device generates low-level EMFs) so this is not new. Although exposure to high-levels of electromagnetic field can have adverse effects, there is currently no evidence to suggest that low-level EMFs can affect health.