Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
63
Title
Reduce Human Exposure to Toxic Substances
Grievance
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the hazard of personal products being brought into workplaces and community spaces causing accumulation of petroleum-based and other toxic chemicals to a hazardous level.

High exposure to toxic chemicals in personal products disables people to the extent that they are not able to work. Human bodily immune system reactions may manifest in allergies, asthma, cancer, lowered productivity and emotional suffering, which often gets a referral to a psychiatrist. This does not help the situation, as the workplace hazard is not investigated and more exposure to toxic chemicals results.

Currently hospitals are not healthy places for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, as hospitals have chemicals such as Propylene Glycol (a petroleum-based substance that mimics cell chemotaxis) in the food, air and medicines. This is something of particular concern when Victoria still has draconian arbitrary detention on the basis of perceived disability and forced treatments under the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014. These products are forced on people who may already be suffering an overdose of petroleum-based chemicals and be subsequently sensitised due to these treatments. Deodorants, perfumes and other personal products and the psychiatric medicines that are forced on a person cause severe suffering.

Repealing the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 has also been requested by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Committee, as discrimination on the basis of disability, arbitrary detention and forced medicine is illegal under this signed and ratified covenant.
Action
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to —
(1) ban the use of petroleum-based deodorants, perfumes, and other toxic products in the workplace;
(2) advocate and move towards fume free spaces;
(3) make it a WorkSafe policy to have workplaces free from toxic deodorants and perfumes;
(4) make it mandatory for safety masks to be worn should hazardous products be necessary in the workplace; and
(5) repeal the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 on the basis that forcing people with sensitivities, allergies, asthma, cancer and other reactions or vulnerabilities to the high levels of toxins in hospital spaces and medicines is unethical and unhealthy.
Closing Date
2018-08-16
Not tabled signatures
18
Total signatures including previously tabled
18
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