Vietnam: Safe and responsible use of chrysotile asbestos from policy and legislative framework
Vietnam is one of the first countries in the world recognizing the hazard of asbestos to
community health at Joint Circular No. 08/TTLB dated 19 May 1976 of Vietnam General
Confederation of Labor – Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs
on occupational diseases and compensation, benefit paid to employees as victims of occupational
diseases. Right after the national unification, the scientific qualification was not high and
international information remained limited, this Circular confirmed “asbestosis may be caused by
all the works exposed to the asbestos dust”.