Two Associated Press journalists are among the winners of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, India's most prestigious, for work exposing the public health and environmental damage done by the country's asbestos industry and capturing the devastation of last year's floods in the...
Asbestos found in new buildings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi despite banCompanies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that specialise in the safe handling of the dangerous construction material have said that, besides their core business of removing asbestos from old buildings, they are sometimes hired to do expensive removals in new projects.
Asbestos is a severe cancer-causing agent, causing about half of all deaths from occupational-related types of cancer. Currently, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at their workplaces. To date, significant data gaps exist in the African Region in regard to the occupational exposure of asbestos and subsequent asbestos-related disease.
“For years, the Government of Vietnam has invested in research into the production of safer substitutes for asbestos-cement roofing materials. Acknowledging the public health risk posed by asbestos, many Ministries support our call for an asbestos ban. The recent workshop was a blatant attempt by vested interests to delay progress in order to continue making money regardless of the deadly consequences to workers and consumers. In our opinion, the speakers’ motivation and lack of credence were obvious. Their failure to convince delegates of the possibility of using asbestos safely was obvious from the reaction of the workshop attendees and the lack of media coverage which ensued after the event.”
Recognizing that Britain is in the grip of an “asbestos crisis,” the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health has issued calls for the complete eradication of the asbestos hazard in a report published today
The development of Sydney’s massive WestConnex motorway is delivering toxic asbestos waste from a highly contaminated site in St Peters to a landfill site in Western Sydney which, according to its website, does not accept asbestos. Since August, the WestConnex Delivery Authority (WDA) has removed hundreds of truckloads of contaminated waste each week from the old Alexandria landfill site in St Peters where it plans to build a massive spaghetti style interchange at the end of the second proposed WestConnex M5 tollway.
Cambodia may soon join other countries in banning the import and use of asbestos, which is known to have serious health consequences, officials said yesterday at a symposium organised by the Ministry of Labour and Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA), an...
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