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Chemicals exposure to kids and adults Module

CHEMICAL EXPOSURE TO KIDS AND ADULTS

Chemicalsexposure to kids and adults

Module

Industrial and technological advancement in the last two centurieshave altered health in huge ways. The number of chemicals and harmfulsubstances that are used for various processes and in day to dayproducts is growing. This also means that the number of peoplefacing the risk of chemicals is growing. Under a capitalistic system,product manufacturers have given little attention to public safety inpursuit of profits despite attempts by government to rein them in.This contravenes their moral obligation to make safe product andprotect the public. To cover their errors, such companies have liedto the public. Some of these chemicals are contained in plastics,food, common household appliances, garments and drugs.

The PBS indicates that there are 750 000 registered chemicals.However, only a few have been fully tested on their impact on humanbeings. Does this point to negligence by the government? Moyersbelieves the government turns a blind eye to such matters as they aremanipulated by private organizations which manufacture and use suchchemicals. This means that the public is at the losing end. Forinstance, plastic despite its wide usage in food packaging and homeappliances has been linked to cancer but little has been done.Studies conducted as early as 1990’s showed that plastic andspecifically its component Bisphenol A (BPA) has endocrine disruptorproperties though some questionable studies have deemed it safe(Moyers 2008). This same plastic is being used for children toys,plastics bag, baby milk bottles, vehicle interiors, mobile phones andlaptops among others. Another commonly used chemical is lead. Thischemical affects major organs in the body and lead to learningdifficulties in children. With the number of compounds beingdeveloped by chemical companies, the exposure and the problem likelyto be caused by such chemicals can only increase. Unfortunately,science in terms of testing the impact of these compounds has beenslow. Consequently, the medical and health profession has beenreactive to these chemicals.

References

Bill Moyersexpose: chemicals in our (2008). Retrieved online on 12thMarch 2014 from,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQquc6lVNIY

Trade secrets PBS(n.d.). Retrieved online on 12th March 2014 from

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfnWOK0kN7g