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Document ID (ISN)106652
CIS number 07-638
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Giannasi F.
Title Ban on asbestos diaphragms in the chlorine-related chemical industry and efforts toward a worldwide ban
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2007, Vol.13, No.1, p.80-84. Illus. 12 ref.
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Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) chemical industry; prohibition of use; asbestos; European Union
Descriptors (secondary) Brazil; chlorine production
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBrazil
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Safety supervision
Chemical industry