Canadian Chrysotile Report Released

Last year the The Annals of Occupational Hygiene published an editorial about a
debate on the risks of chrysotile, initiated by the Canadian federal department
of health (Health Canada), and the delays in publishing the reports. The
history is that in November 2007, Health Canada called together experts who had
previously expressed very different views on chrysotile asbestos, to see what
degree of consensus exists on the risks from this substance. T. L. Ogden
chaired the panel and delivered the reports to Health Canada in March 2008,
expecting that they would be published more or less immediately. The author
does not know why this did not happen, but speculates that it is due to a
perceived threat to Canadian chrysotile production. Several applications for
the report were made under the Canadian Access to Information Act, and it was
finally released on 9 April 2009.

More information: - Source: The Annals of Occupational Hygiene