Nurses have high rate of occupational asthma
A group of nurses, The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group, is speaking out about occupational diseases related to working around chemicals. The group issued an action alert urging nurses and other workers to support chemical legislation reform.
The current law concerning chemical regulation, the Toxic Substances Control Act, does not give the Environmental Protection Agency a lot of authority and has not been updated in 34 years. The new legislation, the Safe Chemical Act of 2011, would completely reform chemical regulation laws in the U.S.
Chair of The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group Karen Bowman said, “Nurses care about chemicals for a lot of reasons. Nurses have the highest rate of occupational asthma in the country. Often asthma is linked to environmental contaminants, such as chemicals used in cleaning and in procedures in hospitals.”
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