Published Date: Jan 8, 2013
Banning asbestos and healthcare
I support the proposed recommendation of a complete ban on
the import and use of dangerous chemical ‘asbestos’ in 22 industries of the
country to safeguard the environment and the health of public, in general, and
of workers, in particular.However, it is 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 in spirit.
should be done so that our industry adjusts itself to the changeover and the
workers their families do not suffer in anyway, especially regarding their
employment at this time of increasing unemployment in the country.
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 which is 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’s
use phase out for our industry to adjust to the forthcoming changeover.
all, whereas, on the 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 the progress of one of the pillars of our economy is