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Document ID (ISN)77040
CIS number 01-1170
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hermanus M.A.
Title Manganese - A public health concern: The relevance for occupational health and safety policy and regulation in South Africa
Bibliographic information Apr.-June 2000, Vol.6, No.2, p.151-160. 53 ref.
Abstract Concerns about the effects of low-level manganese exposures on human health arise at a time when South Africa finds itself in competition with newcomers to the market economy, China and the former Soviet Union. This case study illustrates how decisions about occupational health and safety and the environment are influenced by incompleteness of scientific knowledge, competing interests, differences over what is fair or just, and the compartmentalization of public policy. In addition, an assessment is made of the ability of the occupational health and safety system in South Africa in its current form to address the challenges posed by manganese-related issues. The importance of tracking developments abroad, strengthening participatory processes, developing national policy, linking economic policy and OHS policy, and establishing appropriate trade agreements is stressed.
Descriptors (primary) threshold limit values; South Africa; manganese; occupational safety and health
Descriptors (secondary) economic aspects; public OSH institutions
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSouth Africa
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Occupational exposure limits
Inorganic substances