German Environmental Survey 2003-2006 for Children, GerES IV

Six children on a lawn sich in einer Kette bei den Händen gefasst und hüpfen lachend in die LuftClick to enlarge
UBA examines children and adolescents from 160 German locations to harmful substances
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The Federal Environment Agency decided to conduct a special GerES on children because they must be considered as a risk group for adverse health effects caused by environmental factors

GerES IV for children has started in May 2003. 1.800 children from 150 sampling locations are analysed. A pilot study testing the sampling instruments was conducted in 2001-2002. GerES IV is performed in cooperation with the Health Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) which is conducted by the Robert Koch-Institute.

Using data of both surveys it will be possible to evaluate relations between environment and health such as:

  • Occurrence of mould spores, house dust mites or pet allergens in homes and allergic sensitisation.

  • Allergies due to nickel, chromium (from, e.g., costume, jewellery, piercing) or scents (e.g., terpenes in indoor air).

  • Impact of noise on hearing loss, stress and sleeping disturbances.

  • Irritation of the eyes and the respiratory system due to formaldehyde, aldehydes, or VOC in indoor air.