Regulating Agricultural chemicals: limitations of the status quo

Neil Gunningham, Patricia Healy

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    The OHS implications of the use and misuse of pesticides are serious, but the current regulatory and policy regime fails to adequately engage with them on a number of levels. The complex statutory regime and institutional arrangements are inconsistent, and sometimes inappropriate and confusing, and credible enforcement of safety requirements is minimal. Agriculture may be a special case in that the tripartite, workplace focus of the State OHS statutes does not satisfactorily accommodate its particular characteristics. Yet in other respects, the "special case" argument has been inappropriately invoked to justify an overemphasis on education and training - to the substantial detriment of credible enforcement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-261
    JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety: Australia and New Zealand
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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