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  1. Awareness needed of incense health risks

    Posted Aug 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that worshippers may be sacrificing far more than they realise- their health. The research, published in the medical journal Cancer, finds that people who are regularly exposed to indoor incense smoke have ... in the religious practice. Common sense ought to indicate as much, given what we know about the health risks posed by second-hand cigarette smoke and air pollution. Nevertheless, the danger has not been ...

  2. Wen pledges to restore confidence in food safety within two years

    Posted Nov 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to modify a draft law on food safety and hold an emergency discussion. The new draft prevents any cover-ups by health and inspection authorities and makes them directly responsible for approving food additives. It also forbids food safety authorities from issuing inspection exemptions to major food manufacturers. The draft law also requires health authorities to conduct investigations ...

  3. Air quality index may grade risks to health

    Posted Mar 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... informs people about the excessive levels of a particular pollutant. It also implies there is a safety level and does not tell people the actual health impacts,' a person familiar ... Cheung Chi-fai The government is studying a Canadian air pollution alert system as an alternative to the existing outdated system, which does not indicate the direct health impact ...

  4. talk back

    Posted Jan 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that the smoke-free workplace laws in Thailand do not specifically include bar employees. However, this does not mean that bars cannot be sued under occupational health and safety laws, only ... by tobacco smoke. It is just that they have not been sued under existing occupational health and safety laws for doing so- yet. 3. The World Health Organisation has concluded that there is no safe ...

  5. School coaches set for exemption from engine-idling ban

    Posted Oct 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that occupational safety laws did not apply. Lawmakers had said that vehicles were professional drivers' workplaces, and therefore should be subject to protection. They were concerned about dangerous ... to switch off engines. 'It will have a health impact on those who most need better protection from air pollution if we extend this exemption to buses with 16 or fewer seats,' he said. ...

  6. Pollution threatens pupils' health

    Posted Nov 15th 2003, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... quality in schools. The study found that the bacteria count in more than 40 per cent of the 54 primary schools and kindergartens assessed did not meet government safety guidelines. Another test ... hoped to seek more funding to enlarge the scope of his study by assessing the impact of indoor air pollution on students' academic achievement and their health. The Education and Manpower ...

  7. Bars given smoke-free ultimatum

    Posted Sep 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to ban smoking. They were therefore obligated under the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance to do so in order to provide a safe and healthy- smoke-free- workplace for their employees. ... illegally we will go around to them one by one to explain to them how bad things are, what the costs are to employee health. 'I'm not a lawyer, but I believe that Clear the Air has ...

  8. Letters

    Posted Oct 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is stopped in its tracks before we do further damage to occupational health in this city. Anthony J. Hedley, department of community medicine, school of public health, University of Hong Kong ... Court decision bad news for workers' health The decision by the Court of First Instance to reject the appeal board's support for the director of health - in his quest to prevent ...

  9. Letters

    Posted Jan 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are required to be inspected by the Buildings Department and issued with an official occupation permit before they can be properly handed over to users. In this respect there is no distinction between ... that the completed buildings are safe and conform to the relevant requirements for hygiene and general well-being of the occupants. Unfortunately, over the years, the department has been pressured ...

  10. Time for common sense- not alarm and panic

    Posted Mar 26th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that results from exposure to high levels of radiation caused panic buying and hoarding. Fortunately, common sense prevailed after Food and Health Secretary York Chow Yat-ngok pointed out that salt ... the risk of fallout of dangerous particles negligible, or that we face everyday health risks from our own air pollution. Now that the government has found radiation in three food samples and banned ...




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