Australia union warns of nanotech health risks 澳洲工會警告奈米科技可能帶來健康風險

Advanced nano technologies could bring with them a human health catastrophe to rival past use of cancer-linked asbestos, Australia’s top union group said on Tuesday.


The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) said there was little protection for workers exposed to so-called nanotech.


"Remember when asbestos was introduced, it was considered to be a miracle product, and it wasn’t until many years later that we found the devastating effect it had," ACTU Assistant Secretary Geoff Fary told state radio.


Asbestos fibres, resistant to heat, fire and chemicals, were widely used in construction and insulation before being linked to asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and other cancers.


Nano-scale technologies, 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, are now used in hundreds of ordinary items from car fuel lines, bed sheets and cosmetics.


The unions called for Australia’s centre-left government to begin a register of companies using nanotechnology, while introducing new safety tests and product labelling for consumers and workers using nanotech products.



catastrophe:名詞,大災難;大禍。例句:The catastrophe of a tragedy usually brings death or ruin to the leading character.(悲劇的結局常常是主角死亡或毀滅。)

rival:動詞,與……匹敵;比得上。例句:He soon rivaled the others in skill. (他在技術上不久便與其他人並駕齊驅。)


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