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Jul 17 2017

Japan study finds chimneys at 227 public schools at risk for scattering asbestos

Japan has 227 public kindergartens, elementary, junior high and high schools with aging chimneys that could scatter asbestos, an education ministry survey showed Tuesday. The total number of chimneys using asbestos for heat insulation was 275 at institutions in 14 prefectures, according to the fiscal 2016 survey. The ministry told local governments to take measures more »

Jul 17 2017

Federal government of Canada revises occupational exposure limit for asbestos

The government of Canada is amending the Canada Labour Code to lower the exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos to as close to zero as possible. Now, the occupational exposure limit (OEL) for all forms of airborne asbestos fibre is not to exceed the value adopted by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), which more »

Jul 17 2017

Oman bans import of asbestos products

A ban on the import of goods and products which contain asbestos has been announced by Ministerial Decision in Oman. The Minister of Trade and Industries has announced a ban on any import of products that contain asbestos, through Ministerial Decision 139/2017. Asbestos is a heat-resistant silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and more »

Jun 27 2017

Ukraine bans Asbestos

June 26, 2017: A press briefing entitled “Health without compromises – Ukraine’s Ministry of Health prohibits the use of asbestos and products containing it” was held in Kyiv (Kiev) at noon to announce that Ukraine had formally banned asbestos. The event, which was organized by Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and the non-governmental organization MAMA-86, which more »

Jun 14 2017

New Study Finds Higher Lifetime Risk of Mesothelioma in Asbestos Sprayers

June 14, 2017: Occupational health experts in Finland say their new analysis of Finnish cancer data finds that a group of workers with the highest level of asbestos exposure appear to be the most likely to develop malignant mesothelioma later in life. Surviving Mesothelioma has a new article on the study. Click here to read it more »

Jun 14 2017

Banning Asbestos: Saves Money and Lives!

June 14, 2017: The World Health Organization released the English version of its Asbestos Fact Sheet 4 at the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (E&H) in Ostrava, Czech Republic; a Russian version is due out shortly with other translations to follow. The choice of venue to launch this new resource was appropriate as more »

Jun 05 2017

Almost 10,000 Koreans suffered environmental diseases in 10 yrs: report

June 4, 2017: Nearly 10,000 South Koreans have suffered or are suffering from diseases related to environmental factors — many of them lung-related diseases — in the past decade, government data released by a civic group showed Sunday. According to the Asian Citizen’s Center for Environment and Health, in one fourth of the 9,853 reported more »

May 09 2017

UK Firm Fined $972,000 in Asbestos Case

“It was clear there was an endemic failure to effectively manage the construction work on the site in a way which ensured that asbestos materials were not disturbed until removed under appropriate conditions,” said HSE Inspector Melvyn Stancliffe. “Failing to prevent the breathing in of asbestos fibers on the site is reckless.” May 8, 2017: more »

May 08 2017

Rotterdam Convention: No progress on democratic right to be protected from hazardous substances

May 7, 2017: The 8th Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP8) ended on May 5, 2017. It will be two years before the next conference takes place in 2019. Ever since the Convention came into beginning, the asbestos industry has refused to allow chrysotile asbestos to be put on the Convention’s list more »

May 04 2017

Asbestos harms the health of millions of Indian workers

Story by Jagdish Patel, national coordinator of the Occupational & Environmental Health Network, India:   https://scroll.in/pulse/ 836377/asbestos-harms-the- health-of-millions-of-indian- workers-will-the-government- finally-move-to-ban-it

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