Category Archive: Aban

Mar 23 2017

Belgian report alleges MNC Etex responsible for asbestos pollution in Madhya Pradesh town Kymore: COP’s Geneva meet

A comprehensive Belgian report has held MNC Etex, into construction business and one of the richest, responsible for asbestos pollution in Kymore, an industrial town in in Katni district of Madhya Pradesh. The report provides evidence from the ground on how Kymore’s dust even today is “annoying… it creeps into your clothes, you have to more »

Jan 05 2017

Asbestos deaths set to hit record levels

Notifications to the Health and Safety Authority HSA — which are mandatory when asbestos finds exceed a certain limit in a building about to undergo demolition or renovation works — increased from 164 in 2010 to 290 up to the middle of December this year.That is the highest since the mid-2000s when a combination of more »

Dec 21 2016

International asbestos lobby organisation will leave Quebec 

The International Asbestos Association established itself in Quebec in 1997. In 2005 it changed its name to the International Chrysotile Association (ICA) to try to avoid the word “asbestos”. The ICA works on behalf of global asbestos interests and is funded by asbestos producers and asbestos importing associations. The President of the ICA, long-time Quebec more »

Dec 20 2016

Asbestos fund set up to support victims – SWI

A CHF100 million $97 million fund is to be created in Switzerland to offer support for victims of asbestos-related illnesses who are not eligible for accident insurance. The construction industry and insurers will voluntarily contribute to the fund that will run until 2025.Around 120 people every year develop malignant tumours in Switzerland as a result more »

Dec 16 2016

Canada will ban asbestos by 2018

The Canadian government today announced that it will legislate a comprehensive ban on asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018. This historic announcement ends Canada’s century-old policy of mining, using, exporting and promoting asbestos. The announcement was made by four Ministers – the Minister of Science, the Minister of Health, the Minister of the Environment and more »

Dec 16 2016

Canada’s move to ban asbestos a ‘win for public health’ but long overdue: advocates

Canada will ban asbestos use by 2018, in what many health advocates hail as a victory for public health, albeit one that is long overdue.The federal government’s move is aimed at eventually reducing the rate of asbestos-related diseases. The hard work lies ahead, though, as the country deals with the deadly legacy of asbestos that more »

Dec 07 2016

Ottawa urged to ban asbestos immediately amid new data

New data highlight the deadly toll of asbestos exposures on Canadian workers. Asbestos was the cause of death in 367 accepted claims in 2015, according to figures compiled by the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, making it the No. 1 workplace killer in the country. Since 1996, there have been 5,614 recorded work-related more »

Dec 06 2016

Scientific journal retracts decision to retract scientifically and ethically flawed asbestos article

On August 10, 2016 the Board of Directors of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) voted to retract an article, Airborne asbestos exposures associated with the installation and removal of roofing products, which the JOEH had published in June 2016. See statement by JOEH Editor-in-Chief, Mark Nicas of the School of Public Health, more »

Nov 24 2016

African countries launch action to end sabotage of UN Convention on trade of hazardous substances

For the past decade a tiny number of countries allied to the asbestos industry have sabotaged the United Nations Rotterdam Convention. Led first by Canada and now by Russia, they have prevented the Convention from implementing its mandate to protect populations in the global South from being harmed by hazardous substances. The Convention, which is more »

Nov 24 2016

National workshop on asbestos-related diseases held in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The WHO Country Office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Institute for Occupational Health a WHO collaborating centre, hosted a national workshop on asbestos-related diseases ARDs on 12 October 2016 at the Medical Faculty of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.The workshop was organized more »

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