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Lawyer says chemical exposure at public lab could be breaching Charter of Rights

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 9:47 AM

Attorney-at-law, Bert Samuels, says the government is exposing itself to a range of lawsuits over the high-risk exposure of staff at the National Public Health Laboratory to hazardous chemicals and fumes.

Samuels argues that the situation could be in breach of the Charter of Rights under the Constitution, which guarantees the rights of citizens to enjoy a healthy and productive environment free from the threat of injury or damage from environmental abuse.


Attorney-at-law, Bert Samuels

He says there may be breaches at common law or of the Occupiers Liabilities Act. 

The lawyer also highlighted that the health issue at public laboratory follows the dead babies scandal and a major fire earlier this year at the Riverton Disposal Site in Kingston.