|Document ID (ISN)||107155|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1128-6598 - European Journal of Oncology
|Convention or series no.
||Asbestos is not banned in North America
||June 2006, Vol.11, No.2, p.85-88. 9 ref.
||Around the world, local asbestos industries oppose asbestos bans by pointing out that asbestos is not banned in the USA. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban rule was overturned in a court challenge in 1991, and legislation to ban asbestos in the USA has been proposed but not yet been enacted. U.S. asbestos use has continued to plummet by over 90 % in the years since the ban was overturned, driven by public concerns, liability considerations and government regulations. The USA continues to import asbestos products that have not been manufactured in the USA for many years. Canada exports almost all of the asbestos from its mines, most of it to developing countries. Only 40 countries have ratified the International Labour Organization Asbestos Convention providing for minimal basic safeguards in asbestos use (see CIS 88-714). Public health workers seeking to widen the number of national asbestos bans consider Canada and the USA to be high priorities, despite the minimal market for asbestos products in these countries.
||dangerous substances; Canada; prohibition of use; asbestos; USA
||legal aspects; ILO; developing countries; international agreements; role of government
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)