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.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Canada's double standard on asbestos

Canada continues to sell -- and advocate -- cancer-causing asbestos to other countries despite strictly limiting the domestic use of the mineral.

“There are very strict regulations in [Canada] that outline what needs to be in place for [handling] asbestos,” says Anthony Pizzino, the national director of research and occupational health for CUPE.

Canada's domestic use of asbestos, which is linked to lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, is severely limited, but the country continue to export the mineral to nations like India, Indonesia and the Phillipines, reports Press TV's Ginella Massa.

“With all of these precautions put in place to make sure that Canadians are not exposed, we continue to send that material overseas where those types of precautions don't exist,” Pizzino added.

Canada has vetoed a regulation that would add asbestos to an UN-sponsored list of controlled substances, which would, in turn, reveal its harmful effects to importers.

About 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos in the workplace and more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization, says Massa.


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