Published Date: Jan 6, 2013
Ban on chemicals
Sunday, January 06, 2013 – This refers to news, ”
NA Body Decides to Recommend Ban on Asbestos,” published in section of the
press Tuesday January 1, 2013. We support the proposedrecommendation – a complete ban on the import and use
of dangerous chemical “Asbestos” in 22industries of the
country, to safeguard the environment and the health of public in general and
of workers in particular.
However, it’s most important that in
consultation with the relevant asbestos based industries, an appropriate time
period be worked out and allowed/exempted (with full health and safety
assurance of the workers) prior to the enforcement of the proposed ban in
letter and spirit, so that our industry adjusts itself to the change over and the
workers and their families do not suffer in anyway, specially, regarding their
employment, at this time of increasing un-employment in the country.
As we are aware, a
legally binding global treaty is also to be concluded next week in Geneva, on
the phasing out/ban on the use of another hazardous chemical, Mercury and our Government (a member of the
international negotiating committee, INC) needs to ensure an appropriate
exemption period, prior to the implementation of this multilateral
environmental agreement (MEA) on Mercury use phase out, for our industry to adjust to the forthcoming change over. After all, whereas on one hand we very keenly
desire and fully accept the need for our industry to turn into “Green
Industry,” we also must ensure that further development and progress of our one
of the country’ economic pillars is not affected.