CRT Endorses "Be Safe" Platform: Precautionary Principle Campaign Spearheaded by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
September 29, 2003
BE SAFE Platform Principles
HEED EARLY WARNINGS
Government and industry have a duty to prevent harm, when there
is credible evidence that harm is occurring or is likely to occur -- even when the exact nature and full magnitude of harm is not yet proven.
PUT SAFETY FIRST
Industry and government have a responsibility to thoroughly
study the potential for harm from a new chemical or technology
before it is used -- rather than assume it is harmless until
proven otherwise. We need to ensure it is safe now, or we will
be sorry later. Research on impacts to workers and the public
needs to be confirmed by independent third parties.
Precautionary decisions place the highest priority on
protecting health and the environment, and help develop cleaner
technologies and industries with effective safeguards and
enforcement. Government and industry decisions should be based
on meaningful citizen input and mutual respect (the golden
rule), with the highest regard for those whose health may be
affected and for our irreplaceable natural resources - not for
those with financial interests. Uncompromised science should
inform public policy.
- CHOOSE THE SAFEST SOLUTION
Decision-making by government, industry and individuals must
include an evaluation of alternatives, and the choice of the
safest, technically feasible solutions. We support innovation
and promotion of technologies and solutions that create a
healthy environment and economy, and protect our natural
Environmental Health Alliance
c/o CHEJ, P.O. Box 6806
150 S. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22040.