Make India Asbestos Free

Make India Asbestos Free
For Asbestos Free India

Journal of Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI). Asbestos Free India campaign of BANI is inspired by trade union movement and right to health campaign. BANI has been working since 2000. It works with peoples movements, doctors, researchers and activists besides trade unions, human rights, environmental, consumer and public health groups. BANI demands criminal liability for companies and medico-legal remedy for victims.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mesothelioma taking heavy toll in Gujarat

The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) recently published a report entitled India's Asbestos Time Bomb that calls Gujarat, India the "Asbestos Hot Spot." Gujarat's "Golden Corridor" is filled with more than 31,000 factories involved in power production, ship-breaking, cement manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceutical production and manufacturing of insulation, friction products and safety equipment. This industrial activity causes routine occupational exposure to asbestos, which can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious illnesses.

Asbestos-related diseases kill more workers than any other occupational disease. Although the number of people in India developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases is growing, very few receive any compensation for their occupational disease.

In India, amosite asbestos is banned. Only chrysotile asbestos, also called white asbestos, is used. Canada is a major exporter of chrysotile asbestos, and both Canada and India have opposed closer regulation of asbestos.

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