No Proof of No Harm – A Citizen Science Investigation (CSI)
Do you know that wood dust is a group 1 carcinogen since 1995? And that wood dust is classed as a carcinogen to workers, but a nuisance to residents living next door? And that the government say the majority of waste wood is too contaminated for recycling applications, yet it’s being incinerated to generate Bioenergy (electricity) to keep the lights on? Do you know that waste wood is contaminated with heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead and nickel? Also brick dust, paint flakes, textile fibres, glass pieces, plastics, silica and more?
Several communities across the UK with similar health issues, have linked up via social networking and investigated the waste wood recycling and processing industry, which confirms that the regulators (the Environment Agency), do not chemically analyse or quantify the contaminated waste wood emissions, and yet say there is no proof of harm.
Our investigation has highlighted Health & Safety concerns for workers exposed to waste wood processing activities which generate significant amounts of airborne wood dusts, with exposure levels up to 30 times the WEL (Workplace Exposure Limit). And with a fire a day in the industry, it’s a risk to firefighters too.
We invite you to read NO PROOF OF NO HARM – A CITIZEN SCIENCE INVESTIGATION and feedback to us what YOU think.
Do YOU have any questions we can add?
What do YOU recommend to protect communities, workers and the environment from the waste wood recycling and processing industry with a ‘scarcity of data’ and ‘substantial discrepancies’ of COSHH regulations?
We are the history of waste wood recycling and processing, there is NO PROOF OF NO HARM.
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