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Document ID (ISN)103202
CIS number 04-155
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rodriguez E.J.
Title Asbestos banned in Argentina
Bibliographic information Apr.-June 2004, Vol.10, No.2, p.202-208. Illus. 21 ref.
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Abstract In 1997, Argentina gave priority to examining exposure to asbestos in its National Plan for the Sound Management of Chemicals, and it was the subject of a Technical Task Force on Occupational Cancer. After five years of public hearings in which government services, workers, industry advocates, environmentalists, clinicians, scientists and consumers participated, it was agreed that asbestos exposure is a risk factor for both workers and the general population, and that Argentina should provide to its people the same protections adopted by many developed countries. Pressure from asbestos industry groups initially resulted in the exemption of chrysotile asbestos from the proposed ban, but from January 1, 2003, the mining and import of all forms of asbestos were banned in Argentina (see CIS 04-19 and CIS 04-20 for the corresponding legal texts).
Descriptors (primary) Argentina; role of government; hazard evaluation; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) asbestos processing industry; chrysotile; history; asbestos mining; epidemiology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceArgentina
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos
Risk evaluation