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Dr. Barry Castleman on dangers associated with asbestos

Written By Krishna on Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 4:27 AM

Dr. Barry Castleman, a well-known International Expert on Asbestos discusses with NewsClick on the dangers associated with asbestos. He says asbestos, a mineral fibre, is hazardous to the health of the people and to the environment. The exposure to air-borne asbestos dust causes asbestosis and lung cancer.  In 2006, ILO and WHO have banned the usage of asbestos and over 50 countries have already banned it. In India, unfortunately there is no regulation on the asbestos industry.

Dr. Castleman visited Bihar and addressed the conference on environmental and occupational health co-organised by ToxicsWatch Alliance in Patna on December 24, 2012. He addressed the International Conference at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi during December 6-8, 2012 where he expressed appreciation for Union Ministry of Labour for initiating efforts to nationally ban asbestos in compliance of the Supreme Court's order seeking incorporation of the June 2006 resolution of International Labor Organisation seeking elimination of asbestos. He interacted with Union Labour Secretary in this regard.  

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