Posthaste Facts on the Environment #6

Tooth Fairy May be Forced Out of Business by Regulation

Produced 1993

Even children pay a price for excessive regulation. Just ask 6-year-old Robyn Lerman.

Six-year-old Robyn Lerman of Highland Park, Illinois had to have several teeth removed by a dentist. A trip to the dentist can be a frightening experience for any child, but at least Robyn had a visit by the tooth fairy to look forward to -- or so she thought. After her teeth were removed, Robyn's dentist refused to hand them over because Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations require dentists to immediately dispose of teeth in special closed containers. In 1991, teeth were included on OSHA's list of potentially biologically hazardous materials. Apparently, there's no telling what damage to human health or the environment Robyn's teeth could have caused. As for the Tooth Fairy -- she may soon be joining other over-regulated entrepreneurs at the unemployment line.

Source: Reason magazine, March 1993


Posthaste Facts on the Environment #6, published in 1993 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 501 Capitol Court, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/543-4110, Fax (202) 543-5975, E-Mail [email protected], Web http://www.nationalcenter.org. For more information about Posthaste #6 contact Bob Adams at 202/543-4110 or [email protected]

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