Make India Asbestos Free

Make India Asbestos Free
For Asbestos Free India

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

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

USOSHA imposes fine for lack of asbestos monitoring

Note:One has never heard of any asbestos company being fined for such charges in India. While asbestos might not be beyond monitoring, Indian asbestos companies are so powerful that no government institution dares to monitor them. In fact they compete with each other to public relations work for these companies so that no one can pose any public health document or study or observation to jeopardize brutal quest of their profit at any human cost.

In the US, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency work in tandem despite that 10, 000 people are dying of asbestos diseases there but in India, the relevant agencies National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) are defunct Both the Indian agencies have adopted an Ostrich Policy and sought refuge in a make believe world wherein they work overtime to ensure that there is no documentation of asbestos diseases in India.

Asbestos cleanup begins

Brooklyn developer State Assets LLC began asbestos cleanup at 1175 State St. on January, 6 after a multi-agency probe into allegations of unsafe working conditions there resulted in 18 violations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA fined the firm $48,100 in November,2008 for lack of asbestos monitoring, exposed live electrical wires and unlabeled containers of hazardous chemicals, among other citations."

Where Can Asbestos be Found?: USEPA

Asbestos has been commonly used as an acoustic insulator, thermal insulation, fire proofing and in other building materials. Asbestos fibers are incredibly strong and have properties that make them resistant to heat. Many products are in use today that contain asbestos. Most of these are materials used in heat and acoustic insulation, fire proofing, and roofing and flooring. USEPA has identified the following asbestos product categories. Many of these materials may still be in use. These include asbestos-cement corrugated sheet, asbestos-cement flat sheet, asbestos-cement pipe asbestos-cement shingle roof coatings, flooring felt, pipeline wrap, roofing felt
asbestos clothing, non-roof coatings vinyl/asbestos floor tile, automatic transmission components, clutch facings, disc brake pads, drum brake linings, and brake blocks .
Commercial and industrial asbestos friction products like sheet and beater-add gaskets (except specialty industrial) commercial, corrugated and specialty paper, millboard
rollboard.

According to US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work. Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. OSHA and EPA asbestos rules are intertwined.

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