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Product stewardship or bans? Asbestos in the Third World.
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108, 1990 Nov; (Pt II):975-977
The issue of continued use of asbestos (1332214) in third world countries despite its known health risks was examined. Specific topics that were addressed included: industry theory, which states that controlled use of asbestos exists and is becoming universal; the widespread uncontrolled use of asbestos in developing countries and the lack of infrastructure for prevention (information, regulation, and compensation) in third world countries; the use of asbestos substitutes; and the role of the Canadian government in promoting asbestos use. The author concludes that the eventual elimination of asbestos in favor of safer materials is of great public health importance. The lack of product stewardship by companies and countries mining asbestos constitutes a formidable health threat which may best be controlled by banning the use of asbestos, particularly in developing countries where stringent regulation is not really a viable alternative.
Asbestos dust; Asbestos workers; Health hazards; Occupational exposure; Asbestos industry; Industrial exposures; Asbestos mining; Industrial hazards
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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