On the time lag between awareness of a public health problem and the enactment of preventive legislation

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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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Mr Ian Eddington
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: occupational health and safety, ethics, duty of care, human condition, public policy time lags
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2551

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