Hazardous substances inquiry report released.
THE NEED for more proactive management of hazards in the workplace, with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) taking the lead, is a central thrust of the report of the Ministerial Inquiry into the Management of Certain Hazardous Substances in Workplaces, released last month. The report's 23 recommendations focus on better availability of information on the effects of exposure to hazardous substances; more information for employees and particularly small to medium employers on the best ways of managing risk associated with hazardous substances; and encouraging proactive implementation of the "identify, eliminate, isolate, minimise and protect" obligations in the Health and Safety in Employment Act.
The inquiry, established by Minister of Labour Margaret Wilson Margaret Wilson (born 20 May 1947), a New Zealand politician, currently serves as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. She is a member of the Labour Party. Early life
Born in Gisborne, Wilson studied law at Auckland University. and chaired by Wellington barrister barrister: see attorney.
One of two types of practicing lawyers in Britain (the other is the solicitor). Barristers engage in advocacy (trial work), and only they may argue cases before a high court. Denis Denis, king of Portugal: see Diniz. Clifford, found there were two main lessons to be learned from managing the risk of exposure in workplaces: it frequently took a long time for the adverse health effects associated with continuing exposure to hazardous substances to become apparent; and people had differing susceptibilities to chemical exposure.
At the report launch, Wilson paid tribute to radiographer radiographer (rā´dēog´rfur),
n a specialist or technician in radiography. Majorie Gordon whose personal research in the 1980s brought the issue to the fore. Clifford said, before the inquiry, he had not appreciated the potential severity of the adverse health effects of exposure. He said it was now accepted by both OSH and the Accident Compensation Corporation that exposure to glutaraldehyde glutaraldehyde /glu·ta·ral·de·hyde/ (gloo?tah-ral´de-hid) a disinfectant used in aqueous solution for sterilization of non-heat–resistant equipment; also used as a tissue fixative for light and electron microscopy. may cause neurotoxic neurotoxic
pertaining to or emanating from a neurotoxin.
a case of poisoning by a neurotoxin.
neurotoxic adjective effects. The issue of multiple chemical sensitivity multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), adverse physical reaction to certain chemicals in susceptible persons. When exposed to the chemicals, people with MCS react with symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness, fatigue, impaired memory, rash, and respiratory remained controversial here and internationally. Submissions recognised that the health sector was now far better at managing and eliminating glutaraldehyde risks than in the 1990s, but the inquiry was not confident the issues associated with the use of glutaraldehyde in the health sector had been completely dealt with.
Responding to the report, NZNO NZNO New Zealand Nurses Organisation chief executive Geoff Annals said it rightly identified that management of these substances had been particularly inadequate in the health sector. The report identified the seriousness of the problem but mandatory training of health workers, regulation and a national strategy on the control and use of hazardous substances was needed to fully protect health workers.
In its response, the Council of Trade Unions said greater worker participation in hazard management would result in reduced exposure to hazardous substances.