This section contains profiles
– “snapshots” – of the evolving regulatory situation
regarding hazardous substances in LAC nations. The profiles cover mostly the federal
dimension, although in countries where sub-federal jurisdictions
play a crucial role (such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico), their
impact is discussed as appropriate.
The profiles discuss how the different nations treat such substances not only in terms of their inclusion in products and consumer exposure to them, but also in the context of rules regarding occupational health and safety, chemical accidents, and the transport of dangerous goods. Coverage includes toxics, agrotoxics, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), known/suspected carcinogens, mutagens and corrosives. Some of the specific substances and materials covered include asbestos, benzene, dioxins and furans, PCB and the heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury. etc.).
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believes that regulatory regimes cannot be considered in isolation
from the context of the local realities on the ground, so each profile
opens with a brief discussion of the political, governance and economic
realities shaping haazrdous substance policy in the profiled country. Most profiles include charts and
statistics that are very hard to find in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Profiles also include a handy directory of relevant institutions and
their contact information.