03/03/2008

WHO and ILO want to eliminate asbestos-related diseases

Asbestos is one of the most important occupational carcinogens causing about
half of the deaths from work-related cancer. Therefore, the World Health
Organisation (WHO) suggests a series of measures to be taken by countries with
a view to eliminating asbestos-related diseases. In the first place Who
encourages to stop the use of all types of asbestos.

To date, more than 40 countries, including all member states of the European
Union, have banned use of all forms of asbestos, including chrysotile.

A WHO paper on elimination of asbestos-related diseases reviews the adverse
health effects of exposure to asbestos and WHO's recommendations on the
prevention of asbestos-related diseases. It is available in six languages.

A WHO/ILO outline for the development of national programmes for elimination of
asbestos-related diseases. This document is intended to facilitate countries,
particularly those that still use chrysotile asbestos, in establishing their
national programmes for elimination of asbestos-related diseases. It also
addresses countries' efforts to prevent asbestos-related diseases arising from
exposure to the various forms of asbestos already in place and as a result of
their use in the past.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: World Health Organization