As a growing global presence and economic superpower, many of the eyes of the world are currently focused on China and its development.
However, the most populated nation on earth is awash with problems and difficulties, none more so than pollution, causing illnesses and accidents at work, as well as dangers to public health.
The rapid industrialisation of such a vast area of land has led to pollution problems across the board. The main types of pollution that are causing problems in terms of illnesses at work and public accidents include:
- Waste: Where there was previously little attention afforded to environmental awareness, China is now desperately trying to claw back this laissez faire attitude with a number of measures. This included, in 2008, banning the provision of free plastic bags in supermarkets and the use of ultra-thin bags altogether. Since the introduction of this ban, 10% fewer plastic bags have been thrown away.
- Water pollution: Water in China is both in seriously short supply and often severely contaminated. Both demand and pollution of water have risen thanks to lax environmental attitudes and an increasing population. The water infrastructure and regulation as been rapidly expanded but solutions are still being sought.
- Air Pollution: A mainstay in terms of pollution problems in China. Zhong Nanshan, president of the China Medical Association, as recently as 2012 warned that air pollution was still the biggest threat to public health in the country.
- Industrial air pollution: Throughout China’s history, industrial illnesses at work and work injuries have been a looming spectre. Such is the scale of industrial pollution, a 2007 New York Times article carried statistics from the Chinese Ministry of Health that showed the sheer volume of pollution had made cancer the leading cause of death in China.
Employers have a responsibility with regards to health and safety at work of making sure that the working environment for their employees is safe for both their mental and physical health.
Industrial illnesses are a serious blight on China’s global status, and the current government are still seeking solutions and answers to problems caused by years of turning a blind eye to the very real problem of pollution.Open Claim Calculator
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