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.

Comments  

President’s appointment of GECOM Chair averted `looming constitutional crisis’ – AFC

The Alliance For Change (AFC) this evening said that President David Granger’s appointment of a chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission “has averted a looming constitutional crisis”.

President’s unilateral decision on GECOM Chair poses clear threat to democracy – private sector

The PSC Secretariat on Waterloo Street. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) today said that the President’s decision to unilaterally appoint a Chairman of GECOM poses a clear threat to democracy.

Belgian-based businessman challenges Grace Mugabe’s diamond ring claim

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend a meeting of his ruling ZANU PF party’s youth league in Harare, Zimbabwe, October 7, 2017.

Forced from rainforest, Peruvian tribe faces new woes in Lima slum

Vladimir Inuma, a deputy leader of an association of the 92 families who vow to stay put in the Cantagallo slum, poses for a portrait in downtown Lima, Peru, September 9, 2017.

President picks Justice Patterson, 84, as GECOM Chair

President David Granger yesterday unilaterally chose retired justice James Patterson, 84, to be Chairman of GECOM, rejecting a third list that had been submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and plunging the country into its worst political crisis since APNU+AFC came to power in 2015.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×