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Document ID (ISN)107155
CIS number 07-1122
ISSN - Serial title 1128-6598 - European Journal of Oncology
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Castleman B.I.
Title Asbestos is not banned in North America
Bibliographic information June 2006, Vol.11, No.2, p.85-88. 9 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) dangerous substances; Canada; prohibition of use; asbestos; USA
Descriptors (secondary) legal aspects; ILO; developing countries; international agreements; role of government
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Safety supervision