Ultimately, it is every individual’s choice as to how they feel about the chemical exposure, the available data, the air testing results direct from San Mateo County, and whether they agree with experts in this field, such as the CDC and the GBPSR (Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility). The Clean O2 For Kids website provides this information through the collaboration of many, with the central issue being the kids’ health.

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I walk by there everyday on my way to and from work, i just found this page and i wanted to say that I have noticed the rear roll up door of peterson productus all the way up and i noticed large amounts of white substances escapeing into the air at a time, and when this was happening the odor was immense I letteraly run! away my face felt ithy my eyes watery, one of my cheeks turnd red as if i had a rash what can i do.

Jeff Winterson
San Mateo, CA USA - Monday, November 01, 2010 at 14:05:49 (EDT)

my daughter experienced health risks one day she complained to me about an odore that gave her a headache and made her feel weak and ill, i my self noticed the odor comming from the factory adjasent to the gym near my apartment complex, PLEASE OSHA someone please help us breath clean air.

Debra mayfield
San Mateo, CA USA - Monday, November 01, 2010 at 13:49:48 (EDT)

Im beginning to belive some of this. I come here regularly and my eyes r now continuously irritated n burning and i lose my breath much faster. This all considering that I am a healthy woman with children. Im going to have to withdraw because if Im feeling effects than I must worry for my children.

USA - Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 14:57:26 (EDT)

Thank you for always looking out for the athletes from our company, it seems that none of the reports from the Bay Area Air Quality Managment or the San Mateo Environmental Health seem to be located any where for your readers. If you would like to post the reports showing that the factory's air quality is in comliance from the environmental agencys (Per BAAQM) and has no violations (Per San Mateo County Environmental Health) please contact me.

Erica Meitz

San Mateo Gymnastics

USA - Friday, August 08, 2008 at 16:59:28 (EDT)

Thank you for your comment. Clean O2 For Kids is aware that Peterson Products is in compliance with their industrial permit. Clean O2 For Kids, however, is concerned with the appropriate levels of pollutants with respect to children’s health. Please refer to the Health Risks page for the San Mateo County Environmental Health air testing results, as well as the expert research available on the risks of such chemical exposure exceeding what the CDC and ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) advise as safe for children's health. This is the concern and issue of the Clean O2 For Kids website - the factory, Peterson Products, is working under their industrial permit and has a vastly different set of standards than what is used to protect growing children.

USA - Monday, August 11, 2008 at 18:32:20 (EDT)

I take my two kids to San Mateo Gymnastics and walk from one gym to the other so I have noticed the smell. Sometimes it's quite strong and I worry about the effect it has on my kids (especially since they often have the gym roll-up doors open). Thanks for the information.

USA - Friday, April 04, 2008 at 22:46:34 (EDT)

I read your website, but I do not understand what kind of options you are proposing. It is good to know, but it does not help if there is nothing you can do.

USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 02:40:03 (EST)

The issue here is not the factory, which is regulated under industrial codes. The issue is the kids' health that are protected under different standards and might be subject to great harm. The hazards are in a different plane than the factory workers. Please study the facts under the Health Risks page.

Bay Area, CA USA - Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 16:07:05 (EDT)

Keep in mind mst of the guys who work there have been there for over 30 years and they are not affected by any emissions. You would think if it is as such a health hazard that some of them would have cancer, breathing problems, or other effects Howevere the guys who have worked there these 30+ years seem to be as healty as someone who works in an office on a computer all day. Truth be told you are more likely to have health problems from you TV, Microwave, or that cell phone stuck to your head. Everything in life causes the body to degrade it seems everything now a days everything we come in contact with degrades our well being. Stop attacking these companies just because Gymnasium no longer wanted to put up with your floresent light mentality.

San Carlos, CA USA - Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 14:00:46 (EDT)

It is more than one place - it is a gymnastics club extending from Old County Rd. to Elmer Street (San Mateo Gymnastics has been there around 30 years, Tumble Town addition added recently), a kids facility across the street (opened recently), and homes right next to the factory. Should all the residents move too? Why were such permits even issued to mix such a high polluting factory with children and the general public? It is not just any polluting factory - it is ranked 3rd most polluting in 2002. Check the Factory Scorecard page - #11 on that list release is 550 pounds, #19 release is 2 pounds- so it's not like they are all up there polluting around 8,000 pounds. If everyone was saying it's not my problem, then all the zones would end up mixing industrial with residential and kids recreational. How would that be.

It's kind of like having the no smoking laws in the restaurants and airplanes, etc. for reducing second-hand smoke - you don't say if you are scared of the risks and health hazards from second-hand smoke leave when someone wants to smoke and has decided to take the risk themsleves - plus like you may suffer more from the second-hand smoke you are inhaling than the smoker, the children are at more risk than adults for getting sick and ruining their growth and development and their future health.

USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 05:48:14 (EDT)

Yeah I think that saving the kids is good, but you have to keep in mind that the Factory has been there for years and years. How many years have you guys been there? So if you think the kids are at risk, just transfer to another place. Keep in mind that the Bay Area is full of pollution; we live in an area were is over populated therefore brings a lot of toxics in the air. In California it's a really hard task to find a clean toxic free enviroment.

USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 01:53:22 (EDT)

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