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Many believed that defending claims made pursuant to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) would become fairer following the introduction of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA), however, that does not seem to have been the reality.
We have previously examined the potential occupational disease risks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where we refer to nanomaterials as the next ‘miracle dust ‘for its asbestos-like qualities, and it is this material that we now delve into and the specific health risks it poses.
The fourth industrial revolution is the emerging use of radical disruptive technologies and is rapidly changing the way we live and work. These technologies offer tremendous opportunities, but the lessons of our not so distant past show that they can also represent potential risks.
Nicotine is the addictive element of tobacco, but is not the element that causes most harm. Whilst quitting smoking is regarded as the best option for smokers, pure nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), are a recognised option to help smokers cut down or stop smoking.
The recognition that we are seeing a rapid, powerful convergence of big technology changes cannot be ignored.