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Asbestos in developing countries

June 20, 2011

Today, representatives from 143 countries meet in Geneva to debate whether chrysotile asbestos, the kind mined mainly in Canada, should be added to an international treaty regulating the trade in hazardous chemicals.
Asbestos is a mineral considered an employment savior in Quebec, a carcinogenic killer elsewhere and a dominant industrial substance in certain developing countries.

Part one of The Current began with a clip from Ken Takahashi, a professor of environmental epidemiology at the university of Occupational and Environmental Health in Kitakyushu City, Japan. Ken just published a study in the journal Respirology about asbestos-related deaths in Asia.

Today, representatives from 143 countries meet in Geneva and will discuss whether, chrysotile asbestos, the kind mined mainly in Canada, should be added to an international treaty regulating the trade in hazardous chemicals. Asbestos remains an important export for Quebec and Canada has been anxious to keep asbestos off the list.

iOur first guest was Kathleen Ruff, a Senior Human Rights Advisor to the Rideau Institute and a co-ordinator of the Rotterdam Alliance. She was in Smithers, British Columbia.

The Industry Minister, Christian Paradis, was not available to join us today. But he has long defended Canada’s asbestos exports.In a statement, the Industry Ministry in Ottawa told us the Canadian government has promoted the safe and controlled use of chrysotile asbestos for more than thirty years.

People opposed to asbestos in the Philippines recently succeeded in getting their government to change course. The Manila government has agreed to endorse adding asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous materials. But since the anti-asbestos campaign began nearly eight years ago, imports of the mineral to the Philippines have more than doubled.

Gerard Seno has been a leader in the campaign to ban asbestos in the Philippines and globally. He’s vice president of the biggest confederation of labor federations in the Philippines, the Trade Union Congress. –http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/news-promo/2011/06/20/asbestos-in-developing-countries/?fb_ref=thecurrent-fb_like&fb_source=home_oneline

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DOLE supports call against asbestos use in workplace

June 16, 2011

MANILA, June 16 (PIA)–The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday issued a call strongly supporting the bid against asbestos use as it pushes for its inclusion in the list of chemicals identified as hazardous to both health and environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Associated Labor Unions-TUCP insists DENR must include Chrysotile Asbestos in Trade Watch List for the sake of Filipinos with mesothelioma cancer and for health of millions of exposed workers

June 15, 2011

15 June 2011, Quezon City— Philippine unions Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to vote for the inclusion of hazardous Chrysotile asbestos in trade watch list of the Rotterdam Convention for the sake of the victims of asbestos cancers and of the 1.3 million Filipino workers exposed to its dust. Read the rest of this entry »

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Labor group wants teachers’ protection from asbestos

May 25, 2011

MANILA — The Department of Education (DepEd) was asked to implement measures that will protect teachers, students and volunteers from hazardous substances, such as asbestos during the weeklong Brigada Eskwela program. Read the rest of this entry »

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Street art used in fight vs. asbestos

May 15, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – On Anda Street in the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila, 10 teams of “graffiti crews” battled it out on Saturday in a street art contest to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos to human health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine unions calls government to revive dying policies on asbestos

April 28, 2011

ALU/TUCP/BWI News Release

Philippine unions calls government to revive dying policies on asbestos

28 April 2011, Quezon City –Trade unions called on Philippine government in today’s International Commemoration Day for the Dead and Injured Workers to revive its ineffective policies on asbestos by calling them to inspect public buildings and reduce hundreds of thousands of Filipino workers and their families’ exposure to asbestos dust. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay away from asbestos

April 27, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of Filipino workers and their families are at risk of inhaling asbestos, with as much as 6,000 metric tons of the substance imported to the country each year. Read the rest of this entry »

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For workers’ safety, govt urged to check buildings for asbestos

April 25, 2011

Concerned over the number of workers affected by asbestos-related diseases, a labor group has urged the government to check public buildings for asbestos, a toxic mineral commonly used in building construction projects. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine unions call for inspection for asbestos of public buildings and for NPEAD!

April 14, 2011

Unions will commemorate and highlight the International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) on April 28 with a call for the Philippine government to inspect public buildings and to reduce exposure of workers and their families to presence of asbestos and asbestos containing materials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Total ban on asbestos use pressed

April 7, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Environment and labor groups appealed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to review and revise the “outdated” Chemical Control Order (CCO) to implement a total ban on asbestos use. Read the rest of this entry »