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Posted 10 December 2003 - 12:45 PM

Occupational Safety and Health


Friday 28 November 2003

OSH Report into Asian Gypsy Moth Spraying

The report from an OSH investigation of MAF processes for identifying and managing people who have had negative health reactions to the Asian Gypsy Moth programme in Waikato has confirmed that the spray is essentially safe for public use. As has always been known there are, however, a few individuals who will experience allergies, respiratory problems or skin sensitivities as a result of exposure to the spray.

Fraser High School in the Waikato has reported a disproportionately high number of staff who have experienced irritant effects, asthma and problems associated with food allergies. Those allergies to the food components of the spray put some individuals at risk, OSH found. It is highly unusual to get a number of these people in the same place. Such a high degree of sensitivity to the spray is extremely rare, according to OSH's Acting General Operations Manager, Keith Stewart.

"Fraser High School unfortunately has a number of these people with rare food allergies", he says. "OSH carried out investigations to check whether the processes and systems MAF was using for people suffering from those allergies needed to be improved."

Following OSH's investigations, the systems have been extended to identify workplaces that have a grouping of affected employees. MAF has improved the way health conditions are diagnosed and managed, and now looks more closely at where they are grouped together.

"There will always be a small group of people affected by spraying. It is very important that they contact their GP if they have any problems, and MAF medical staff are in contact with local GPs to provide assistance and information", says Keith Stewart.

Further information:

Diana Burns, OSH Media Advisor
Tel: 04 915 4116 or 04 915 4390 Mobile: 027 446 3538
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Kathryn O'Sullivan, Communications Advisor, OSH Head Office, Wellington
Tel: 04 915 4390 Mobile: 027 446 3538

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Contaminated sites poses minimal health risk
Thursday, 11 December 2003, 10:25 am
Press Release: Environment Bay of Plenty


Whakatane contaminated sites poses minimal health risk, report says

For immediate release: Thursday 11 December 2003

Twelve Whakatane sites contaminated by sawmill waste pose minimal risk to people’s health as long as the land is not dug up and bore water is not drunk from it, a scientific report says.

Researcher Gulf Resource Management has filed a final report on 12 of 28 sites known to have received wood waste from the Whakatane sawmill between 1950 and the early 1980s. They include Whakatane’s Mataatua reserve and several marae and lifestyle blocks, all within 15 minutes drive of the Eastern Bay of Plenty town.

Gulf Research Management was give the task of investigating the sites by a joint working party made up of Sawmill Workers Against Poisons (SWAP), Environment Bay of Plenty, Whakatane District Council and Toi Te Ora Public Health.

The working party has closely studied the report and unanimously accepts its recommendations.

Sawmill Works Against Poisons, whose members identified the sites as historic dumping grounds for sawmill and boardmill waste, is pleased with the report. “It confirms our suspicious that contamination from the Whakatane Sawmill and Boardmills has affected land within the Whakatane area,” says coordinator Joe Harawira.

Environment Bay of Plenty’s Paul Dell, group manager regulation and resource management, is satisfied the sites pose minimal health risk to humans or animals “provided appropriate safeguards are put in place”. These include covering some sites with soil and not allowing excavation of the land or the use of bore water. An ongoing monitoring programme will be developed by Environment Bay of Plenty and Whakatane District Council and considered by the working party.

Mr Dell says the “uncertainty is now over” for landowners, who have been waiting for the report to be finished. It is being presented to the regional council meeting today (Thursday 11 December) and landowners will receive a copy of the data for their land.

Mr Dell says the results gives him confidence for the remaining 16 sites, which are also being investigated. Environment Bay of Plenty is spending close to $250,000 on the investigative work.


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Posted 15 December 2003 - 08:43 PM

This book is an interesting read:

Allergy Overload
Are foods and chemicals killing you?
by Stephen Philips
ISBN 0-207-19060-7

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 06:03 PM

Contaminated sites funding
Thursday, 18 December 2003, 5:25 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government

18 December 2003 Media Statement

Contaminated sites funding

Grants to clean up of some of New Zealand's worst contaminated sites have been announced by Environment Minister Marian Hobbs under the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund.

Five regional councils will receive more than $100,000 to investigate and plan the remediation of high-risk sites around the country.

"The government support is positive news for these regions and an important step in ensuring we live in a safe environment," Marian Hobbs said.

Regional councils, territorial local authorities and landowners have formed effective partnerships to apply for funding.

"These relationships are critical to ensuring we identify sites that pose a risk to human health and the environment, clean them up and monitor them properly," Marian Hobbs said.

"For the next three years we've committed a portion of the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund to support these partnerships."

Further applications to the fund are expected to fully clean up the sites and Regional Councils will be invited to apply for a second funding round early next year.

The grants are:
- Auckland Regional Council -- $46,200 for site assessment of the former fertiliser works associated with the "Green Stream" and Onehunga aquifer contamination.
- Environment Canterbury -- $29,640 for remediation planning to clean up contaminated sediments in Lyttleton Harbour
- Wellington Regional Council -- $15,749 for remediation planning to clean up contaminated sediments in the lower reach of the Waiwhetu Stream
- West Coast Regional Council -- $25,076 for assessing a former gasworks site in Hokitika
- Environment Bay of Plenty -- $7,150 to plan the clean up of buried woodwaste contaminated with PCP and dioxin at the Toroa and Taiwhakaea marae sites

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Posted 18 December 2003 - 09:19 PM

see that the goverment must of cleened up the sited around Te-auna basen were they dumped tons of weed killer in the porious ground.

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 10:46 AM

MAF Spraying Eradicates Christmas Cheer
Monday, 22 December 2003, 9:11 am
Press Release: West Aucklanders Against Aerial Spraying

MAF Eradicates Christmas Cheer in West Auckland for the Second Year in a Row

Spray zone residents are up in arms over letters received yesterday from Dr Francesca Kelly, Aeraqua Medical Services Ltd - the providers of MAF's Painted Apple Moth Health "Service", stating that PAM health services were now closed in their area, and that aerial spraying had ended.

Meanwhile, MAF have stated they intend to continue to spray every 10 days until at least mid February with further sprays already scheduled for 29 December and 8 January. A review is to be carried out and a decision made in February by MAF's scientists on whether spraying will continue.

"MAF have obviously decided that Christmas cheer is an unwanted organism in west Auckland and are determined to eradicate it" Helen Wiseman-Dare, Chairperson, West Aucklanders Against Aerial Spraying said today.

"Last year MAF terrorised west Aucklanders by threatening them with $100,000 fines if they purchased their Christmas trees at the wrong location. This year they are pulling the plug on health services while erroneously stating that spraying is over".

"Hundreds of spray victims have been left without health support while MAF continues to spray. Coming as it does right on Christmas, this announcement leaves sufferers no opportunity to find alternative health support while creating maximum disruption and inconvenience for those who can least afford it".

By cutting off health support for hundreds of spray affected residents right on Christmas, MAF are demonstrating yet again, their callous indifference to the plight of those who have been left to pay the price of the government's inflexible eradication and failed biosecurity policies.

This government is determined to see aerial spraying become a routine feature of urban life (just like down on the farm) - while expecting residents to pay the price of protecting privately and mainly overseas owned forests.

The taxpayer has paid $90 million for the PAM plus ongoing health and relocation costs. With every new organism found the price continues to skyrocket.

It is time the forestry industry was expected to pay their share and contribute to keeping their forests free of organisms they deem unwanted.


Helen Wiseman-Dare Chairperson, WASP (West Aucklanders Against Aerial Spraying)

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 10:24 PM

Pesticide Poisoning
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We pray that each story will be the last.

However, until the pesticides and chemicals are removed from our environment, the stories will continue.

If you see yourself or someone you love in these stories, please get medical attention. If you have a story to add, please let us know.

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Posted 19 January 2004 - 10:40 PM

Areas of black fill or hatched fill on the image correspond to areas residents suspect are contaminated

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:44 AM

Cancer concerns over deodorants

Jan 13, 2004

Chemicals found in underarm deodorants have been detected in the tumours of breast cancer sufferers, British scientists said.

Researchers at the University of Reading found traces of the chemicals called parabens in tissue samples, proving that the preservatives can accumulate inside the body, although a direct link with breast cancer has not been proven.

"Their detection in human breast tumours is of concern since parabens have been shown to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen, and oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours," Dr Philippa Darbre, lead author of the study, said in a statement.

"It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide variety of cosmetics applied to the breast area," she added.

But Dr Philip Harvey, European editor of the Journal of Applied Toxicology, which published the research, stressed the need for more investigation.

"Further work is required to examine any association between oestrogenic, and other, chemicals in underarm cosmetics and breast cancer," he said.

Despite previous suggestions that chemicals in deodorants and anti-perspirants may be adding to a rising incidence of breast cancer, charities stress that no evidence exists to support any link.

"Breast cancer is a complex disease and we do not yet understand all its causes," said Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of breast cancer charity Breakthrough.

"There has been a lot of discussion surrounding a link between anti-perspirants and the disease but there is still no scientific evidence of a causal link," she added.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with one in nine UK women likely to develop the disease at some time in their life.,...269-1-6,00.html

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Posted 27 January 2004 - 06:40 AM

Christchurch Family Takes On Dupont
26/01/2004 12:33 PM

A Christchurch family fighting for compensation from international chemical manufacturer Dupont say they are seeing some progress at last.

For more than nine years Mark and Karen Ison have been seeking legal redress after their son Blake was born with birth defects.

The Isons believe the defects were caused by Karen's exposure to the fungicide Benlate when she was pregnant.

They are part of an action being taken by a group of families, mainly from the United Kingdom.

Mark Ison says after many delays from Dupont, the US courts have ordered medical tests be carried out on the family.

He says they are off to Philadelphia next month for four days worth of medical examination by Dupont Doctors.

Mr Ison says their case against Dupont is set to come to trial later this year.

In the 1990s, a Florida couple successfully sued DuPont and were awarded more than US$4 million after a Miami court decided that Benlate was responsible for their son being born without eyes.

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 08:36 PM

Here is an interesting document to read, posted here is just page 1 of the document

it can be requested directly from Kevin Dew:

[email protected]

Ask him for a copy of his 2002 paper:

Accident Insurance, Sickness and Science: New Zealand's No-Fault System

It was published in the International Journal of Health Services,pp. 163-178.

p. 168:
"In essence, elaborate mechanisms give the semblance of rigorous analysis in order to produce an outcome favorable to all except the victims of injury."

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 09:01 PM Have a look and follow the links.

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Posted 07 February 2004 - 01:25 PM

Fumes close Canterbury town main street


The main street in Temuka, 19km north of Timaru, was evacuated this morning after fumes from a store caused eye and skin irritation to nearby people.

Inspector Warren Kemp from the Christchurch police communications centre said workmen in the store had been using a chemical floor coating when people complained of the fumes.

While no one was seriously hurt Mr Kemp said the street would not be reopened until Occupational Safety and Health and Timaru District Council compliance officers decided the risk was over.

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Posted 06 March 2004 - 09:58 AM

Blood tests for dioxin start in NP
06 March 2004

About 50 New Plymouth volunteers are undergoing blood tests as part of the investigation into whether residents living near the Ivon Watkins-Dow chemical plant were exposed to dioxin.

The Ministry of Health said yesterday 300 people had returned the first questionnaire last year calling for Paritutu residents to come forward to be tested.

The final group was selected after completing a second questionnaire.

The dioxin levels will be compared with the New Zealand averages for serum dioxin identified in the Ministry for the Environment study carried out in 1996-1997.

Public health project manager Graeme Gillespie, Wellington, said it would take several months for the serum study, which was to be sent to Canada for analysis, to be released.

However, Green MP Sue Kedgley said there was no safe level of dioxin and many New Plymouth residents were sceptical about the blood tests, believing they might not be the best way of detecting small amounts of dioxin.

It was important that people who lived near the chemical plant in the 1960s were tested as they were the ones most exposed to dioxin.

Dioxin activist Andrew Gibbs, who was effective in gaining another Government-level investigation four years ago, agreed yesterday the dioxin serum study was too late and would prove little.

"It should have been carried out in 1986 but was not done on financial grounds."

He also said that in March 2002, incorrect information had been given to the health select committee by the Taranaki District Health Board which said Ivon Watkins-Dow did not operate until 1968.

This effectively dismissed the New Plymouth birth defects peak during 1967-1968 which matched peak emissions, he said.

But repeated attempts on Mr Gibbs' part to have this corrected had been refused, he said.

Similar birth defects had been found in the children of Vietnam veterans and South Vietnamese civilians exposed to Agent Orange, he said.

The 1985-1986 soil tests were sufficient evidence on their own of historic emissions without the need for serum testing, Mr Gibbs said.,2...88a6554,00.html

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Posted 14 March 2004 - 10:56 AM

Microwave popcorn chemicals under scrutiny
Vapors may be linked to lung disease in factory workers

Thursday, March 11, 2004 Posted: 9:13 AM EST (1413 GMT)

AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is studying the chemicals released into the air when a bag of microwave popcorn is popped or opened.

Exposure to vapors from butter flavoring in microwave popcorn has been linked to a rare lung disease contracted by factory workers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has said it suspects the chemical diacetyl caused the illnesses.

However, health officials insist people who microwave popcorn and eat it at home are not in danger.

In the first direct study of chemicals contained in one of the nation's most popular snack foods, the EPA's Indoor Environment Management Branch at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is examining the type and amount of chemicals emitted from microwave popcorn bags.

Further research would be needed to determine any health effects of those chemicals and whether consumers are at risk, said Jacky Rosati, an EPA scientist involved in the study.

"Once we know what chemicals are and the amounts, somebody else can look at the health effects," Rosati said Wednesday.

About 50 brands, batches and flavors of microwave popcorn -- from super-buttery to sugary sweet "kettle corn" -- are being tested, she said.

"Obviously, we are looking at diacetyl because it is a known compound that will come off this popcorn. But we're not looking at that alone," Rosati said.

The EPA study began last fall and is expected to be completed this year. It likely will be submitted for peer review before being made public, Thompson said.

Rosati started the study after hearing a presentation on popcorn workers who became sick at the Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. plant in Jasper, Missouri.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has linked diacetyl to the respiratory illnesses found in workers who mix the microwave popcorn flavorings. Investigators believe the chemical becomes hazardous when it is heated and there is repeated exposure to large quantities over a long time.

Thirty former workers at the Jasper plant have sued two butter flavoring manufacturers.

The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association based in Washington, D.C., said the flavor ingredients in microwave popcorn pose no threat to consumers.

The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food additives, also considers butter flavoring to be safe for consumer use.

"I haven't seen anything that would give us any reason to suspect this is something we should make a high priority," said George Pauli, acting director of the FDA's office of food additive safety.

United States consumers bought $1.33 billion worth of microwave popcorn in 2000, said Ann Wilkes, spokeswoman for the Snack Food Association.

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 09:22 PM

Cancerous roll-ons - it's too early to say

By Paula Goodyer
March 25, 2004

Not long ago, the idea that deodorants could be carcinogenic had all the credibility of that other internet perennial - that underwire bras cause breast cancer.

But when two separate studies reported within weeks of each other this year both suggested a link between deodorant and cancer, even sceptical women pricked up their ears.

There was British scientist Dr Philippa Darbre, from Reading University, who found traces of the preservatives used in deodorants when analysing 20 different breast tumours. She claimed these chemicals, called parabens, could act like oestrogen, which can increase the growth of breast tumours.

Meanwhile, a study from Northwestern University in Chicago of 437 women with breast cancer found that those who shaved their armpits more than twice a week and used deodorant more than once a week developed cancer almost 15 years earlier than women who did neither.

However, there was no incidence of earlier breast cancer in women who either used deodorant or shaved - but didn't do both.

So does the theory have credibility?

More research is needed, says Dr Helen Zorbas, clinical director of the National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC) in Sydney.

"There's no good evidence to suggest deodorants cause cancer, and neither study is big enough or well designed enough to be able to draw any conclusions," she stresses, explaining that one problem with both studies is that neither had a control group - women without breast cancer who could be compared to the women with the disease.

Yet women rate deodorant as riskier than alcohol, preliminary data from the NBCC shows, even though the evidence linking alcohol to breast cancer is much stronger. Having three or more drinks a day increases the risk of breast cancer, and the risk is greater the more you drink. About 3 per cent of breast cancers in Australia are thought to be caused by alcohol.

Two years ago, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle studied 1600 women, both with and without breast cancer.

The results were reassuring - it found no increased risk from either deodorants or shaving, or both.

So the message for now? Don't retire the razor and the roll-on yet - but think twice about that third glass of wine.

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 09:48 PM

Poisoning victim's win has high cost

NELSON - A Nelson man has won accident compensation for a chemical poisoning accident nearly 18 years ago, but it amounts to about half what he spent fighting his case.

John Trembath received $11,000 compensation but said he had spent about $20,000 in legal fees and other costs.

He is seeking a law change to give successful ACC claimants higher reimbursement for legal costs.

He also wants the Crown to admit that chemicals, similar to those identified for poisoning him, were used in Government labour schemes in the 1980s.

Mr Trembath, aged 59, said that while the compensation did not cover his costs, or make up for the major health problems he still suffered, he was pleased it had been acknowledged that he was a victim of chemical poisoning.

"I've got nothing out of it except the satisfaction of knowing I was right," he said.

Both 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, the herbicides he was poisoned with, were components of Agent Orange, which was used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War.

Exposure to dioxins in Agent Orange has been linked to cancers and other disorders, and the Government is investigating its effects on Vietnam War veterans and their children.

Production of 2,4,5-T stopped in the early 1980s but 2,4-D is still widely used in various herbicide products.

Mr Trembath was accidentally drenched with both herbicides in 1981 while working on a PEP work scheme in Murchison.

It was run by the Labour Department and the former Waimea County Council.

He was pumping the chemicals into buckets for a helicopter weed-spraying operation when an unprimed pump caused a blowback, resulting in his swallowing several mouthfuls.

Mr Trembath said the only protective clothing he had been given was a pair of gloves.

He was immediately violently ill, and suffered acute diarrhoea and stomach pains during the following days.

He said he continued suffering stomach pains, blackouts and skin blisters, but was unaware that he was entitled to accident compensation.

Attempts to obtain his medical records from 1983 so he could lodge a compensation claim proved unsuccessful.

When he finally lodged a claim in 1992, the relevant records had disappeared - as had a medical certificate lodged with the Waimea council.

His claim was rejected by the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Corporation because of the lack of evidence to show that the accident caused his health problems.

He applied for a review, which was also unsuccessful, but a subsequent review led to his claim being accepted after a chemical poisoning specialist examined him and linked his ill health to the accident.

It took a further review to have his claim for lump-sum compensation accepted. ACC phased out lump-sum provisions in 1993.

Mr Trembath says he still suffers stomach pains, blackouts, fatigue and short-term memory loss. - NZPA

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 10:04 PM

Victim of herbicide spray wins compo appeal

A man who became a semi-invalid after he suffered poisoning from chemical spray has won his appeal for compensation from ACC.

Mark Wardle used the pesticides paraquat and Roundup to help clear a section belonging to his parents in the summer of 1985.

Soon after he fell ill from bouts of dizziness, skin rashes, fatigue, sweats, mental confusion and headaches. He quit his job as a bank clerk because he could not concentrate and was diagnosed as suffering a form of poisoning known as multi-chemical sensitivity.

Mr Wardle, now aged 35, once a keen sportsman who had enjoyed good health, also suffered hallucinations and became sensitive to other chemicals such as paint or petrol fumes.

Professor Gavin Kellaway confirmed that Mr Wardle had been reduced to a state of "semi-invalidism."

He said there had been a psurge in recognition that herbicide poisoning could affect the body's immune system.

Awarding Mr Wardle legal costs in addition to any ACC entitlements for which he is now being assessed, the Accident Compensation Appeal Authority said multi-chemical sensitivity syndrome did exist and might be triggered by exposure to chemicals such as paraquat and Roundup.

In my posession is an ACC workwise directors report which was a clear attempt
to deny a leggitimate chemical injury claim because acc did not recognise multiple chemical sensitivity.

might post it here soon.

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 11:01 PM
Waikato Times

Poisoned boy claims $500,000
15 November 2003

Lawyers representing a former Hamilton boy who claims he was poisoned after arsenic leaked from a neighbouring property in 1995 are waiting on test results before pressing ahead with court action.

The results are expected from Auckland University medical professor Des Gorman "in a couple of weeks", said Hamilton barrister Athol Bishop.

Joshua Wete is suing the Hamilton City Council and Environment Waikato (EW) for failing to do anything about a leak in 1995 which contaminated his house and damaged his health. At the time he was 6-years-old.

Now 14, he has filed a $500,000 damages claim in the High Court at Hamilton for loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning potential, medical costs and special education costs.

The claim says Joshua was so severely poisoned he suffers fatigue, pain and lethargy, is prone to sores erupting on his body and has permanently impaired learning abilities.

He is suing the city council under the Health and Resource Management Acts.

EW has set aside $450,000 of ratepayers' cash in case it has to pay a settlement.

Mr Bishop described Joshua's health as "not good". He and his family had moved from Hamilton to Sydney.

"While the outcome (the amount of Joshua's compensation) is inconsequential for 99.99 per cent of New Zealanders, we are getting more people exposed to these awful things," Mr Bishop said.

"People are becoming more aware of the origins of their diseases and disabilities."

If the councils were found to be liable or negligent the issue would be of national interest, he said.

Delays to test results and court action had been caused by the need to gain legal aid.

The large organisations that were defending the charges had "big resources".

The medical information that Professor Gorman provided would influence the next legal move. "We think he (Professor Gorman) is of the opinion that our client is suffering from PCP poisoning, but we need clarification of certain issues."

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