By Paul D. Blanc
''A magnificent device for making our houses, ultimately, a secure position to elevate children.'' — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., writer of Crimes opposed to Nature and St. Francis of Assisi.''This is the paintings of a life-time, one bound to be a vintage for destiny lifetimes. Thirty years in the past, Paul Blanc expert me in regards to the hazard of cancers brought on by company and govt negligence. Now he tells a superb, pleasing and surprising tale, according to an unlimited wisdom of technological know-how, govt legislation, historical past and pop culture that exhibits our own dependency and the almost-forsaken explanation for public health.'' — Tom Hayden, former chairman, committee on common assets, California kingdom senate.''''A masterful synthesis of a few of the very heated and significant environmental and occupational overall healthiness problems with our time. Paul Blanc bargains a grounded examine the long run heritage of business sickness, and the poisonous surroundings during which we now reside — whatever that has been missed in discussions of the increase of the fashionable environmental movement.'' — David Rosner, writer of Deceit and Denial: The lethal Politics of commercial pollutants and co-author of include We prepared? Public health and wellbeing considering Sept. 11.
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This may explain, in part, a relatively short span of collective memory for these events: as public expectations of remediation are slowly dimmed and then eclipsed, time passes and forgetfulness sets in. The scenarios by which corrective action has so often been thwarted have been staggeringly duplicative over their long history. The same old arguments against the need for protective action, in the workplace and for the wider environment, have been paraded forth time and again, simply reoutfitted in whatever the costume of the day is.
The commonplace adoption of household carbon monoxide alarms is certainly testament to the dangers of combustion smoke exposure. The more generic suspicion that enclosed air is simply “bad” has also come down to us from Gazio’s day. Relatively more recently, but since Victorian times at least, a central rallying cry of public health has proclaimed the vital need for adequate air in both public and private building spaces. In fact, this concern has often verged on obsession among hygienists. Our current distrust of electronically climate-controlled, air-recirculated spaces pales when compared with standard nineteenth-century invective against the dangers of improper ventilation.
Almost all of the other workers were Mexican immigrants, many of whom spoke little or no English. Although assisted by a local community group, they did not have the resources for lengthy civil tort action. Moreover, despite a variety of ongoing symptoms, the majority of these former employees were too fearful of problems with immigration authorities to allow themselves the luxury of pursuing legal action over any potential long-term health effects from cyanide exposure. d e f e r re d e n f o rc e m e n t Extreme examples of ineffective worker protection such as these teach us that even when we eventually take action to control a hazard, those who benefited from an absence of controls may adopt a final course of action geared to negate any possible success.
How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace by Paul D. Blanc