For individual nurses, it is difficult to monitor, track and influence health policy within the Commonwealth given the fact that the Massachusetts legislature debates hundreds of health care related bills and regulations that can impact nurses, nursing practice, patients, quality care and access to care. But MARN members working together within the MARN Health Policy Committee do have the potential to make a great difference on health policy issues.
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Should exposure to harmful chemicals be a part of your daily job as a nurse? Should you need a Ph.D. in Chemistry to know what products are safe for you and your family?
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted in 1976 to regulate the use of chemicals based on their risk to human health or the environment. Unfortunately, it’s failed to protect us from toxic chemicals almost from the start. In the 35 years since TSCA took effect, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been able to require testing on just 200 of the more than 80,000 new chemicals produced and used in the U.S., and to date just five chemicals have been regulated under this law. Five.
Studies continue to demonstrate the links between these toxic chemicals and serious illnesses that threaten public health, and because of the many chemicals nurses and other health care workers are exposed to in the workplace, they are at even higher risk.
In response, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced S. 847 "The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011." This landmark legislation would overhaul the way the federal government protects the public from toxic chemicals.
We need you to ask your Senators to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. By co-sponsoring the bill, they can show their commitment to protecting workers and the public from toxics.