Temple-Smith, Richard and Sheumack, Michele D. and Eddington, Ian (2000) On the time lag between awareness of a public health problem and the enactment of preventive legislation. In: NOSHCON 2000 : 39th Annual International Safety, Health, & Environment Conference, 24-26 May 2000, Sun City, South Africa.
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Two case studies, one about white lead in paint and another about industrial deafness, are employed to reveal 19-year lags between the emergence of preventive legislation and initial awareness that a public health problem existed. A discussion follows about ethics, politics and the human condition and the main findings of this discussion are applied to the question of how legislative lags might be shortened.
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