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Journal of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) that works for Asbestos Free India inspired by trade union leader Purnendu Majumadar. Occupational Health India and ToxicsWatch Alliance are its members that includes doctors, researchers and activists. BANI demands criminal liability for companies and medico-legal remedy for victims. It works with trade unions, human rights, environmental, consumer and public health groups. For Details: 1715krishna@gmail.com

Monday, December 10, 2007

Chrysotile Asbestos Under Scientific Scanner in India

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Chrysotile Asbestos Under Scientific Scanner

Amid recent discussions in the winter session of parliament and in the backdrop of the controversial statements of Union Minister of Health and Minister of State for Mines, the Workshop on Occupational Health at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi is discussing global asbestos struggle.

Renowned scientists and experts of asbestos, occupational health and nanotechnology like Dr Barry Castleman among others are scheduled to address the workshop.

Date: December 11, 2007
Time: 11 AM–12 AM.
Venue: Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Dr Castleman would also address the issue of Threshold Limit Value (TLV), a chemical substance defines the reasonable level to which a worker can be exposed without adverse health effects. TLV for particulates (such as dust etc) are constantly under excessive corporate influence. As part of an ongoing international effort is needed to develop scientifically based guidelines to replace the TLVs in a climate of openness and without manipulation by vested interests, the workshop would dwell on the role of Russian and Canadian chrysotile asbestos producers and Indian chrysotile asbestos product manufacturers.

Dr Castleman’s magnum opus Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects which is in its fifth edition provides accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter. He is well known for his role in global ban asbestos movement and the passage of Ban Asbestos America Act 21007 in the US Senate. His expert opinion is being filed in the Supreme Court of India in December 2007 in the Hazardous waste/Blue Lady case that is still sub judice.

The workshop is being organized by Centre for Occupational & Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College.

For Details:Gopal Krishna, Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI), Mb: 9818089660
Note: Investigations into the historical development of specific Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for many substances have revealed that unpublished corporate communications were important in developing TLVs for 104 substances. Out of these 104 substances, for 15 substances, the TLV documentation was based solely on such information. Efforts to obtain written copies of this unpublished material have been mostly unsuccessful. Corporate representatives listed officially as "consultants" since 1970 were given primary responsibility for developing TLVs on proprietary chemicals of the companies that employed them.

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Australian PM says asbestos campaigner was hero

Released on 07/12/2007
Australian PM says asbestos campaigner was hero

An Australian man who died campaigning for victims of asbestos-related disease has been given a state funeral and called a ‘great Australian hero’ by the country’s new Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Bernie Banton, who died at the age of 61 from asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma last week, led a sustained campaign to win compensation for employees of building products company James Hardie, where he used to work.

His campaign resulted in the establishment of an AUS$4 billion compensation fund.

Mr. Banton was vocal in the Australian general election campaign that saw Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party oust the long-standing coalition government of John Howard on 24th November, three days before Mr. Banton’s death.

Mr. Banton is reported to have asked Mr. Rudd to acknowledge the role of the unions in his campaign, which he did, saying: "I salute the roles of these unions in bringing justice to working people."

The construction industry in Australia will be watching Mr. Rudd’s stance toward unions closely in the months after the election because his opposition to the Howard government’s union-busting policies was a key plank of his election campaign.

The issue of asbestos-related claims among construction and other workers continues to loom in the developed world. Some experts believe that the worldwide rate at which people are diagnosed with asbestos-related disease will increase through the next decade. The total cost of asbestos litigation in the USA alone has been estimated at over US$250 billion.

Meanwhile there are reports that in developing countries such as China and India the use of asbestos-based sheeting is still used widely in construction.

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