|Document ID (ISN)||106652|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Ban on asbestos diaphragms in the chlorine-related chemical industry and efforts toward a worldwide ban
||Jan.-Mar. 2007, Vol.13, No.1, p.80-84. Illus. 12 ref.
||http://www.ijoeh.com/pfds/IJOEH_1301_Giannasi.pdf [in English]
||The EU Directive 1999/77/EC (see CIS 99-1767), prohibiting new applications of chrysotile, exempted diaphragms used in electrolysis to produce chlorine and caustic soda in existing chlor-alkali plants until they reach the end of their service life, or until suitable asbestos-free substitutes become available, whichever is sooner. There is no technical justification for extending this exemption after January 2008, when it is scheduled for review. Economic interests should not take precedence over the social and environmental costs imposed by the asbestos production required for this industry. The EU Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment should not further delay the necessary decision on a total and immediate worldwide ban of the mining, manufacturing, and all uses of asbestos.
||chemical industry; prohibition of use; asbestos; European Union
||Brazil; chlorine production
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Brazil|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)