We think technical innovation brings only benefits. But author Paul D. Blanc, M.D. highlights in his book, Toxins at Home and in the Workplace, how dangerous chemical exposure from run-of-the-mill manufacturing processes can resurrect itself when money can be made and when there’s less public outcry about its dangers.
Here’s two such stories that alert us to a continuing regulatory gap between the experience gained from workplace toxins at a terrible human cost, and the more subtle effects of toxins to human health, borne by exposure through air.
Carbon disulfide is considered one of the most dangerous industrial fumes known and from a chemistry standpoint one of the most useful. Exposure from its hazardous fumes damages the nerves of sensation. Read more.
The invention of the bleaching process ranks up there with the invention of the steam engine because of its economic, marketable success. It served as the early precedent for environmental toxins legal suits. And it ushered in more than 100 years of the toxic gassing and chlorine gas effects for its workers.