Box 2

Influencing factors

Scientific/technical factorsSocial factorsEconomic factors
Strength of scientific evidenceNature of diseaseCost of control options
Ongoing researchHuman costImpact on industry
Magnitude and scope of problemEffect on communityImpact on consumers
Control optionsPublic perceptionEffect on competitive advantage
    –availabilityMedia interestTrade agreements
    –technical feasibilityBusiness—labour relations
InformationInfluence of unions/business on government
    –availabilityPhilosophy of government
    –generation and dissemination
Suppliers material safety data sheets (MSDS) and labels
Availability of occupational hygiene professionals