Air pollution which exacerbates respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, rglobal warming which raises fears of the emergence of new diseases… The French are increasingly concerned about the denvironmental degradation and its impact on their health. In France, nearly 40,000 deaths of people aged 30 and over are directly linked each year to an exposure to fine particles (PM2.5). Ambient air pollution represents 7% of the total mortality of the French population (source1).
To allow everyone to better understand their direct environment, the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Ministry of Health have launched Recosanté. This digital public service offers localized indicators on air quality or the risk of pollen allergy.
The creation of the Reosanté site is part of the 4th national health and environment plan, launched in May 2021. It is a environmental health risk prevention program (for example, risks related to artificial light, indoor air quality, exposure to certain chemicals, waves, noise, etc.). It aims to better understand and reduce the impact of the environment on our health by limiting pollutants and the risks involved.
What indices on the quality of the environment are available?
Using the Recosanté online dashboard, you can access several indicators on the quality of your environment free of charge:
- the air quality index: it can be good, degraded, bad, dangerous, etc. ;
- the index on the risk of allergy to pollen;
- weather vigilance;
- the level of radon risk. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in soil and rocks. It has been classified as a lung carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer since 1987;
- UV index (coming soon).
Here is the dashboard:
What other services does Recosanté offer?
The digital tool also offers free of charge:
- Daily information and / or an alert, by email or notification, to know the quality of its environment.
- A weekly digital newsletter that offers recommendations for the right actions to take to protect your health.
The data disseminated on Recosanté is collected from approved air quality monitoring associations, the RNSA (national aerobiological surveillance network), from Meteo France and IRSN (Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety). The recommendations are validated by the Directorate General for Health and the Directorate General for Risk Prevention.