This study was prepared by the Center of Legal Advice – Institute of State and Law, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. The study provides a review of the legal and institutional frameworks designed to regulate chrysotile (white asbestos, henceforth referred to as “chrysotile”) in eight different countries. The findings of the study will contribute information to the development of policy and legislation on the safe and responsible use of chrysotile in Vietnam.
In order to have an objective view on the quality of fibre cement roofing sheets, Viet Nam Roofsheet Association (VNRA) requested Viet Nam Institute for Building materials (VIBM) to conduct a research on assessment of the quality of fibre cement roofing sheets using different types of fibre. To do that, VIBM tested samples of asbestos and PVA fibre cement roofing sheets produced by selected companies.
The ban of chrysotile presents economic impacts on users, workers, corporates and Vietnamese government. AC roofsheet is an optimal choice for the low-income consumer group, especially that in rural and mountainous areas and areas frequently hit by natural disasters. Based on the research of Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), it proposes the following solutions and recommendations:
Since 2009, thanks to the local authority’s policy to fund asbestos cement (AC) roof-sheets, the rate of AC roofing within the commune in particular and in Quang Binh district in general is relatively high (about 70%). As one part of the annual medical examination, Construction Hospital conducted the health check for people living under the asbestos cement roofing sheets and investigated the situation of death in the area during the period from 2010 to 2014. The initial findings on the cancer showed that the crude mortality rate of Quang Binh district, Ha Giang province was within limits of the whole country. Compared with other provinces and some other districts, the gap was insignificant. Thus, the results indicated that Quang Binh District had nothing unusual about the frequency of death.
(Ministry of Health – Health Environment Management Agency) – The study was conducted in the span of two years from 2010 to 2011, led by the Health Environment Management Agency of the Ministry of Health with the participation of specialists in occupational health and doctors in lung-related diseases and cancer from the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, the Institute for Scientific and Technical Research on Labour Protection, and 06 specialized hospitals in lung cancer and lung-related diseases in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Organizer: Vietnam National Roof sheet Association & Construction Hospital Time: June, 27th, 2008 Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Organizer: Ministry of Construction and Committee of Science, Technology and Environment – National Assembl Date: June, 17th, 2014 Location: Conference room – Ministry of Construction – 37 Le Dai Hanh Street – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi
ith support of Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japan through WHO and with assignment of Vietnam Health Environment Management Agency (VIHEMA) the National Institute of Labour Protection (NILP) has set up the National Profile on Asbestos – Related Occupational Health (NPAROH). It will help Vietnamese Government to have data on asbestos sufficiently and accurately. The NPAROH implemented by the National Institute of Labour Protection (NILP) is a task of the project: “Protection of workers’ health” presided by Vietnam Health and Environment Management Agency (VIHEMA), Ministry of Health in 3 years, 2009-2011. This project is funded by Ministry of Labour and social welfare of Japan through WHO.