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”.

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