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Policy challenges from the 'White' Senate enquiry into work place-related health impacts of toxic dusts and nano-particles


Faunce, TA and Walters, EH and Williams, T and Bryant, D and Musk, B, Policy challenges from the 'White' Senate enquiry into work place-related health impacts of toxic dusts and nano-particles, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Health Policy, 3, (1) EJ ISSN 1743-8462 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1186/1743-8462-3-7


On 22 June 2005 the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia voted to establish an inquiry into workplace harm related to toxic dust and emerging technologies (including nanoparticles). The inquiry became known as the "White" Inquiry after Mr Richard White, a financially uncompensated sufferer of industrial sandblasting-induced lung disease who was instrumental in its establishment. The "White" Inquiry delivered its final report and recommendations on 31 May 2006. This paper examines whether these recommendations and their implementation may provide a unique opportunity not only to modernize relevant monitoring standards and processes, but related compensation systems for disease associated with workplace-related exposure to toxic dusts. It critically analyzes the likely role of the new Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) in this area. It also considers whether recommendations related to potential workplace related harm from exposure to nanoparticles could commence a major shift in Australian healthcare regulation. © 2006 Faunce et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walters, EH (Professor Haydn Walters)
ID Code:48917
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05

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