August 10, 2010
Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals Needed to Protect Workers and Communities
Stating that US laws offer little protection from hazardous chemicals, in the July issue of Perspectives, from UC Berkeley, public health professionals call for using safer alternatives and work processes. They also call for involving occupational health professionals in promoting alternatives because of their experience with worker illnesses and successful collaborations to develop alternatives.
The article—Preventing Toxic Exposures: Workplace Lessons in Safer Alternatives—gives practical, real-world examples of initiatives that have enabled companies to reduce use of chemicals in manufacturing, services, and other sectors. The solutions have improved worker and community health, as well as company finances. Continue reading