Is there any chance for new fiber cement products?

(Tienphong) AC roof sheet is a roofing material which is familiar with most people and has been used since 1963 in Vietnam. With the high durability, resistance to hot and humid climate, ease in transport and good price, AC roof sheet is often used for the construction of houses and barns.

There should be more thorough studies on other substitute products

(People’s Deputies Online Newspaper) In the afternoon of October 10, under the chairing of Deputy Minister – Mr. Bui The Duy, the Ministry of Science and Technology held a regular press conference for the third quarter with important contents, including the assessment of whether or not there are the harmful effects of chrysotile in roof sheets.

AC roof sheet factories: an official decision is urgently in need

(Cong Thuong) After many years of working in the AC roof sheet industry of Vietnam, many business owners and workers are always in the insecurity due to the inconsistence of policy. More than ten businesses have discontinued operations or completely shut down with a large number of workers losing their jobs. Therefore, the Government should make an official decision on the AC roof sheet issue as soon as possible.

Don’t let outrageous propaganda of AC roof sheets cause confusion in the public

(Dantri) The propaganda campaign for the ban of chrysotile has occurred for so many years in Vietnam that the consumers feel confused and AC roof sheet facilities suffer heavy losses. Addressing the fact that a number of agencies, organizations and individuals had untrue opinions on chrysotile, the Committee on Science, Technology and Environment of National Assembly made a report to the National Assembly Chairwoman.

The need of honest, public researches to prove whether or not there is danger caused by chrysotile

Construction Newspaper – It is the direction of the Chairwoman of the National Assembly – Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to answer the petition of the Vietnam National Roofing Association (VNRA) last August. Accordingly, the Committee on Science, Technology and Environment – the National Assembly issued Official Letter No. 1441 recommending relevant Ministries and agencies to study honestly and publicly to prove whether or there is danger caused by chrysotile to the health of workers and users; It is necessary to examine the results of practical application of scientific research projects on asbestos-free roofing production; The comments, recommendations and criticisms related to chrysotile should be scientific and properly evaluated about chrysotile; The media agencies should propagate the case objectively so that people can understand the truth of the subject, avoid excessive propaganda that will confuse public opinion, affect economic and social situation.

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.