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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Asbestos Hazards - Paul Blackaby

This mail was sent in to ServeSL by Paul Blackaby on 03/11/05
Apologies for contacting you in an unsolicited manner.
I have NGO contacts in Sri Lanka and I understand that the advice from the WHO is not been followed. This includes teams coordinated by USAid. (Further reference to the risk of asbestos debris being recycled .) Asbestos products are still anufactured and used extensively in Sri Lanka. The situation is likely to be the same in other countries in the affected area. These products were banned in the UK in 1999, where there is considerable controlling legislation (see references for health and safety information). Failure to follow this advice will lead to further tragic consequences. Those exposed to damaged or abraded asbestos or in reconstruction will need to seek medical advice and likely to need a regular health surveillance programme for many years to come. ALL asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are hazardous (including for example corrugated asbestos cement sheets). There are safe, cost-effective substitute materials on the market. Please ensure that this message gets disseminated through your contacts to the people on the ground. I would appreciate your comments. I work for a large housing association and have knowledge in this area.

References:
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/asbindex.htm
http://www.epa.gov/asbestos
http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos

Paul Blackaby
ims applications manager
Affinity Homes Group Limited bromley


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