From playground equipment, snacks children eat at school to fruit and vegetables served at home or even the food containers they use, children these days are being increasingly put at a higher risk of exposure to hazardous chemical substances than ever before.
"Speak of child safety and our discussion will not only be limited to accidents anymore. Toxic contamination in the environment has become one of the most significant and challenging child safety issues," said Assoc Prof Dr Adisak Palitttapongarnpim, director of the Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Centre of Ramathibodi Hospital's Department of Paediatrics.
In developing countries including Thailand, economic growth is the order of the day. And toxic substances are one of the unwanted by-products of such development. To highlight the importance of this subject, Ecological Alert and Recovery-Thailand (Earth) has recently launched a book titled Bon Tang Haeng Pai: Mue Sanpit Kukkam Pattanakarn Dek _ the translated version of In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats To Child Development, which was previously published in the United States in 2000.
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