Hawaii is converting several thousand dead fish left behind by a deadly molasses spill that happened earlier this month.
They say that what you don’t know can’t hurt you.
This is not always the case, especially with the simple fact that chemicals could be present in the air without us knowing. That is reason enough to keep industrial labels specific, detailed and up to code. There’s a very strong possibility that not even the handlers know the full repercussions of the substances they spray, add to other products or transport.
One article recently written by Lara Salahi suggests that better awareness of these accidental exposures might allow all members of a society to keep track of what happens to them. It states, for example, that pregnant women will be reached by more than 40 different chemicals before they give birth, quoting information from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
While not all of these encounters may be at the same level of danger, the sheer fact that they happen can be enough to give pregnant women a moment of pause in their everyday activities, and chemical labels can seek to address this.
A release from the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists quoted its President, Dr. Jeanne Conry, on this matter.
“Prenatal exposure to certain chemicals is linked to miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects,” she said.
Because of this, producers of chemicals of any kind should take care to remember to mention pregnant women in their labeling to avoid getting accused of anything later, even if the possibility of contact seems remote. Fertility damage may not be detected immediately, and the steps that a business can take toward this and other medical issues should be made to keep all parties happy and safe.