The case of Australia

(ICA) – A few years ago, Australia banned all type of asbestos fibres, without any consideration for the very real differences between those types. Yet this country, which has a long history of producing and exporting one of those asbestos fibres, crocidolite (blue asbestos), very harmful and scientifically known for its role in the occurrence of mesothelioma-type of cancers, is well aware of those differences.

Wood Dust: An important risk to human health

On May 16th, 2019 a noteworthy event, the European Wood Dust Conference, was held in Brussels. Numerous participants shared their preoccupations for workers exposed to wood dust (fibres). Readers will recall that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified wood fibre as a Category 1 carcinogenic for humans.

Rotterdam Convention 2019 – The 9th Conference of Parties in Geneva, Switzerland

From April 29th– May 10th2019, the Convention of the Parties (COPs) was held in Geneva, Switzerland in order to discuss on the three International Convention: Basel Convention, Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention (RC). In this 9th COPs, the Rotterdam Convention discussed on 3 main subjects: (1) The proposal of adding a new Annex VII; (2) The proposal to amend the Article 22; and (3) The proposal of the inclusion of chrysotile to Annex III.

Eurasian Economic Commission Supports Chrysotile Asbestos

MOSCOW, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — International Alliance of Trade Union Organizations “Chrysotile” supports the decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), to recommend that member countries (EEU unites Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia) develop a unified position on international trade and the use of chrysotile asbestos.

Roadmap to cease the use of chrysotile – Many unresolved issues

(Vietnamplus) – Hanoi (VNA) – Whether to stop or allow the use of chrysotile has once again become a hot topic with many debates among Government agencies and experts in the hearing session held by the National Assembly Committee on Science, Technology and Environment on 03 November 2018. The decades-long controversy as well as the proposal to develop a roadmap to cease the use of chrysotile in the production of asbestos cement (AC) roofing by 2023 proposed by the Ministry of Construction have caused many difficulties to the manufacturers of this affordable roofing; some producers have had to shut down their businesses.

Projects to produce non-chrysotile roof sheet are covered in dust

(Dantri) – The debate on the ban of chrysotile in AC roof sheet production at the hearing conference of the Committee on Science, Technology & Environment has come to a practical issue: is there any alternative fiber to chrysotile which is affordable?

The Economic war between the U.S and China is rising: the concern from building material businesses

(Investment Newspaper) – A rise in the US – China economic war is indicated by an event a couple of days ago in which the US President threatened to apply tax on the 500 billon dollar worth of good exported from China to the US. That amount of good almost equals the total quantity of good exported from China to the US in 2017. Recent warnings showed that this economic war will have noticeable impact on the operation of businesses in the building material industry, including businesses in Vietnam.