Suriname Labour Inspectorate wants to reduce mercury vapours in Paramaribo

(de Ware Tijd) PARAMARIBO – The Labor Inspectorate’s Medical Bureau will cooperate with gold purchasing companies to reduce the levels of mercury vapour in Paramaribo. “We will set up a system so less mercury vapour escapes,” says John Courtar, head of the Medical Bureau, which has purchased a mercury vapour meter that can store data into a computer.

A survey the Labor Inspectorate conducted a few years ago determined that the level of mercury vapour in Paramaribo is well above those considered safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). The level of vapour is 60,000 nanograms, while the WHO’s standard is 20,000. “This is a cause for concern, but we will turn things around together with the companies,” Courtar claims. One measure taken in this regard is to stop the issuing of licenses for gold purchasing companies.

The survey also uncovered then that 79 companies and their branches are active in the capital. Three-quarters of those are in the city center, while the rest is mainly concentrated in two areas, namely North Paramaribo around Tourtonnelaan and Anamoestraat and in South-West Paramaribo in the areas of Saramaccastraat and Van ‘t Hogerhuysstraat. Ten of these companies turned out not to be licensed. District Commissioner Mohamed Kasto of North-East Paramaribo pointed out earlier that gold purchasing companies do not belong in residential areas. The mercury vapours are hazardous to public health, so Kasto has called for the construction of industrial parks in remote areas for these companies.

More in Archives

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Stephen Vieira arrested at CJIA over Zeelugt cocaine find

  2. South woman charged with failing to declare US currency at airport

  3. Ex-GRDB members arrested by SOCU

  4. AG has nothing to apologise for – President

  5. Husband held after fatal stabbing of Amelia’s Ward mother

  6. Berbicians in big sugar protest

  7. Shot pandit recovering

  8. Man killed in Smyth and D’Urban Sts crash

  9. SOCU investigating cocaine trafficker ‘Haffa’ for alleged money laundering – James


Recommended For You