Toxics

DOH to tighten measures against toxic plastic toys

Published by rudy Date posted on December 9, 2010

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday assured the public that they would do some preventive measures on all plastic toys that are being sold in the country now that the Christmas season is coming. Health Secretary Enrique Ona in a radio interview said that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) would conduct tests to…

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Chemical used in bills linked to cancer – study

Published by rudy Date posted on December 9, 2010

Cash register receipts and paper money have been found to contain high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to cancer, obesity and early puberty, a study published on Wednesday said.

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10 toxic whitening products resurface in markets

Published by rudy Date posted on December 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Ten whitening products banned by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for containing mercury have resurfaced in the market, the environmental group Eco­Waste Coalition said yesterday.

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Shoppers warned against buying toys with harmful chemicals

Published by rudy Date posted on December 7, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Shoppers were advised yesterday against buying toys laced with harmful substances that pose health risks to children.

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Region 12 leads in mercury phase-out in hospitals

Published by rudy Date posted on December 5, 2010

Koronadal City (4 December) — Hospitals in Region 12 or SOCCSKSARGEN Region lead the more than 600 hospitals in the country in complying with the Department of Health (DOH) mandate to phase out use of mercury-containing devices.

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Electronics recycling: Dealing with skeletons in the closet

Published by rudy Date posted on November 13, 2010

It doesn’t require too much imagination. Just visualize the obsolete cell phones, computers, TVs, modems, and tangle of wires sitting somewhere in your home–I suspect many of us have electronic stuff that’s basically just baggage. The EPA estimates that nationwide there were 2.25 million U.S. tons of PCs, peripherals, TVs, and phones discarded in 2007,…

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‘Most paints have high lead levels’

Published by rudy Date posted on November 12, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Laboratory tests show that 69 percent of household enamel paints sold locally exceed the standard for lead levels in paint set by the United States, the group EcoWaste Coalition said yesterday.

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DOH, DENR ban use of cyanide cleaners

Published by rudy Date posted on November 11, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have imposed a ban on the use of solutions with cyanide and other toxic substances in cleaning silver jewelry.

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727 hospitals phase out mercury-containing devices

Published by rudy Date posted on November 10, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—More than 700 hospitals all over the country have so far conformed with a Department of Health (DoH) order for the gradual phaseout of all medical devices containing mercury, a nongovernment environmental health group said Tuesday.

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Cops accost 4 hauler trucks loaded with toxic wastes

Published by rudy Date posted on November 7, 2010

MONTALBAN, Rizal — Four hauler trucks containing waste materials at the vicinity of Barangay Macabud here were accosted by Montalban policemen.

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‘Chemical leak’ near school downs teacher, 14 students in Iloilo

Published by rudy Date posted on October 13, 2010

A suspected chemical leak from a construction site downed a teacher and 14 students of a high school in Iloilo City Monday afternoon.

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Dane launches drive to ban mercury use in gold mines

Published by rudy Date posted on September 20, 2010

BAGUIO CITY: In an effort to warn miners about the negative effects of mercury, a Dane recently launched a crusade to lessen, if not eradicate, its use in gold mines in and around the country. Peter Appel of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said that he can help mitigate the dangers of mercury…

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Home pesticides harmful to unborn babies, says expert

Published by rudy Date posted on September 15, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—A United States-based Filipino doctor who specializes in caring for premature babies or neonates yesterday warned against the use of pesticides and insecticides at home to combat mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria.

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Group warns of toxic cadmium in kids’ jewelry

Published by rudy Date posted on September 14, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Environmental group Ecowaste Coalition has warned against the dangers of cadmium, a known carcinogen found in children’s jewelry in the US.

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Watchdog calls on government to test toys for toxic chemicals

Published by rudy Date posted on September 11, 2010

With the start of the “ber” months, a toxic watchdog has called on the authorities to test toys for harmful chemicals to ensure that only safe toys are offered for sale in the build-up toward Christmas gift-giving.

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Truth behind toxic-cleaning agents

Published by rudy Date posted on July 21, 2010

The EcoWaste Coalition, a waste and pollution watchdog, held a mock wake called “Kaluksa” in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City recently following the death on June 24 of a one-year-old baby girl who mistakenly drank silver cleaner in Paco, Manila.

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Global warning on mercury: Break not, dump not, burn not

Published by rudy Date posted on June 15, 2010

It may be hot in Manila, but last week, the mercury soared in Stockholm, as members of the international community were locked in a burning discussion of the day’s headline-making issue: preparing a legally-binding treaty on mercury. With this in mind, our man in Stockholm, Manny Calonzo, reports that waste and toxic watchdog EcoWaste Coalition…

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Budget hit for half-hearted campaign on mercury phaseout

Published by rudy Date posted on June 13, 2010

A campaign to stop the use of mercury is bound to fail unless the government pursues it vigorously and provides it with adequate support. An environmental group raise this concern on Friday noting that the Budget department has yet to release the funds earmarked for the campaign three months before the deadline for the mercury…

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Environmental group welcomes probe on toxic chemicals in school supplies

Published by rudy Date posted on June 9, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – An environmental group yesterday welcomed the promise made by the Department of Education to investigate the use of toxic chemicals in school supplies and products for children.

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EcoWaste warns of toxic school supplies

Published by rudy Date posted on June 7, 2010

With the new academic year about to start, the EcoWaste Coalition warned of possible presence of a dangerous compound in school supplies. The group bought five samples and had them tested. The products tested positive for di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP, a suspected carcinogen, exceeding by 200 times the limit imposed by the US government.

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Watsons, Collins back phase-out of mercury

Published by rudy Date posted on June 6, 2010

Two multinational companies are lending support to the campaign to stop the use of mercury in all Philippine health care facilities and institutions.

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Toxic waste watchdog warns of lead pollution in schools

Published by rudy Date posted on May 27, 2010

As the Brigada Eskwela goes in full swing in preparation for the reopening of schools, volunteers are warned of possible exposure to lead in paint, chips and dust as they go about sprucing up the classrooms.

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Memo to all parents

Published by rudy Date posted on May 25, 2010

Attention all parents! With the school opening just around the proverbial corner, a waste and pollution watchdog has cautioned parents against buying toxin-laced school supplies that can expose their children to harmful substances and affect their growth and development.

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EcoWaste Coalition urges tests on cosmetic products for traces of mercury

Published by rudy Date posted on May 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition yesterday asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct more stringent tests on skin whitening products for traces of mercury.     In a letter to FDA director Nazarita Tacandong, EcoWaste asked the agency to organize random market inspections to detect and eliminate other toxic chemicals such as lead,…

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‘Water biggest victim of improper waste management’

Published by rudy Date posted on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Hospitals and other health care services greatly endanger the country’s diminishing water supply because of improper disposal of infectious waste and toxic chemicals in canals and other bodies of water.

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DOH: 4 state hospitals still use banned mercury devices

Published by rudy Date posted on March 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health said yesterday four of 20 state-run hospitals in the country continue to use mercury-containing medical devices despite an order for its gradual phase-out in the country.

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DOH wants import ban on products with mercury

Published by rudy Date posted on February 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) may recommend to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) the banning on the importation of mercury-containing products in the country.

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Global effort to eliminate PCBs hailed

Published by rudy Date posted on February 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Environmental organizations have lauded the unveiling of a global mechanism that would help countries, including the Philippines, address the “highly toxic” industrial chemical PCB or polychlorinated biphenyl.

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From a phaseout to a total ban

Published by rudy Date posted on February 22, 2010

Two months ago, I wrote about the campaign to phase out mercury-based healthcare materials like thermometers and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure taking devices) in hospitals and households. In that article entitled “Doing away with mercury”, I also talked about the Department of Health’s Administrative Order 21, issued in July 2008. The order mandated all hospitals to…

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Health alert: Mercury rising

Published by rudy Date posted on February 2, 2010

This is not about the 1998 Bruce Willis-starrer/action thriller where Willis plays an undercover FBI agent tasked to protect a nine-year-old autistic boy who’s being pursued by assassins for cracking a top secret government code. It’s about the rising mercury wastes in our midst. From your high school science subject, you’ve probably learned that mercury…

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