Thailand Moving to Asbestos Ban Society

“Thailand National Health Assembly (NHA) passed asbestos ban resolution today, Dec 16. This is one of several initiatives have been made this year to combat with cancerous asbestos or deadly dust that causes lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesotheleoma. Only chrysotile, one form of asbestos, is presently allowed by law for importation, production and sale in Thailand. Nevertheless, no one assures that other forms of asbestos may be in several commodities like brake, crush, dryer and others. After NHA passing the solution, the NHA solution on asbestos ban will be processed to the National Health Commission (NHC) by which the Prime Minister is the chair of NHC. The resolution from NHC will go to the government cabinet for policy implementation, if no objection from Ministry level. This is the second initiative after the National Economic and Social Advisory Council (NESAC) passed the ban asbestos proposal to the Prime Minister on November, 16. National Consumer Protection Board (NCPB), Chair by Minister of Office of Prime Minister also supports consumer protection policy to control and ban asbestos. On Nov 25, three consumer protection agencies, Office of Consumer Protection Board (OCPB), Foundation for Consumer (FFC), and Health Consumer Protection Program (HCP), Chulalongkorn University, signed MOU to strengthen the implementation of consumer awareness on asbestos after requiring warning label on construction products such as roof, pipe and part used in car such as brake and crush that contains asbestos. The three agencies will also help support country policy on asbestos ban. This will make Thailand join other 57 countries in the World that already had asbestos ban policy.”
Contact Person:  Dr. Vithaya Kulsomboon, Health Consumer Protection Program (HCP), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand www.noasbestos.org vithaya.k@chula.ac.th

 

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