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MCS rally reminder

Thursday 1 December 2011

 

South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical SensitivityA reminder that a Multiple Chemical Sensitivity rally will be held tomorrow (Friday 2 December) in Adelaide.

Here are the details (via Facebook):

 

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Rally - Commemorating No Pesticides Week

Please join us in Adelaide on December 2 at 12 midday outside the Equal Opportunity Commission to rally in recognition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and the many millions of people around the world who have developed MCS following exposure to pesticides and other toxic chemicals.

The rally calls on the South Australian Government to:

1) End the widespread cosmetic use of herbicides in city maintenance by local government authorities.

2) Fully implement and promote existing MCS disability access guidelines in all public services.

Location details for the Equal Opportunity Commission are here:
http://www.eoc.sa.gov.au/accessibility/office-accessibility

BACKGROUND TO NO-PESTICIDES WEEK

Dec 3-10 is International No-Pesticides Week.

It commemorates one of the world's worst industrial disasters caused by the leakage of methyl isocyanate gas at Union Carbide's pesticide factory in Bhopal, India, on 2 and 3 December, 1984.

The tragedy caused over 11,000 deaths and more than 500,000 chemical injuries, many of which resulted in permanent total or partial disability.

Numerous criminal and civil cases involving the disaster remain outstanding to the present day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster

 

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Facebook: No Pesticide Use Week Dec 3-Dec 10 2011

 

Related documents

PDF

MCS Disability Access Rally Flier (PDF, 144KB)

PDF

Disability Access Checklist Guide for Government Owned & Leased premises (PDF, 94KB)

PDF

Guidance for the Establishment of No Spray Registers (PDF, 109KB)

PDF

Guidelines for LG on reducing pesticide exposure (PIRSA) (PDF, 183KB)

 

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Here's the text of the flier:

 

South Australian Task Force on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

DISABILITY ACCESS RALLY RECOGNISING MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY

On International No Pesticides Day

FRIDAY, 2 DECEMBER, 2012 12 MIDDAY – 2 PM
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION 30 CURRIE STREET, ADELAIDE

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a chronic medical condition where people are made sick by common chemicals in everyday products, often at levels assessed as “safe” by chemical regulators. MCS can be extremely disabling. Around 2% of the population are no longer able to work due to MCS, while around 6% are severely affected.

People with MCS are routinely denied access to essential services due to chemical barriers, general ignorance and widespread discrimination. Safe access to health care is particularly difficult.

In 2005 a Parliamentary Inquiry into MCS found that the herbicides used widely by local government in city maintenance are “causing and triggering the symptoms associated with MCS.” Despite this finding these herbicides are still used widely.

In 2006 the State Government developed MCS disability access guidelines for government buildings. But they have not been adopted across public services.

The rally calls on the State Government to:

1) End the widespread cosmetic use of herbicides in city maintenance by local government authorities.

2) Fully adopt, promote and monitor existing MCS disability access guidelines in all public services.

International No-Pesticides Day commemorates one of the world's worst industrial disasters caused by the leakage of methyl isocyanate gas at Union Carbide's pesticide factory in Bhopal, India, on 2 and 3 December, 1984. The tragedy caused over 11,000 deaths and more than 500,000 chemical injuries, many of which resulted in permanent total or partial disability.

OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE DISABILITY ACCESS NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH MCS PLEASE AVOID WEARING PERFUME, AFTER SHAVE, ESSENTIAL OILS, OR OTHER HIGHLY FRAGRANCED PRODUCTS AT THIS EVENT.

Contact Peter Evans, Convenor, SA Task Force on MCS
Phone: 8240 5084
Email: satfmcs@live.com.au

 

See also our earlier (26 November) news item:

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MCS disability access rally

 


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