CHRYSOTILE FIBRE NOT INCLUDED IN THE ROTTERDAM CONVENTION ги2004.9.21 Information from AIA)
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Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2004 11:22 PM
Major news for the chrysotile industry:
As the Chairman of the Asbestos International Institute, Mr. Clement
Godbout, stated after the meetings in Geneva, this is a very important
decision for the international chrysotile industry. "Finally, the
world seems to differentiate the five types of asbestos: amosite, actinolite,antophyllite,
tremolite, and chrysotile - the latter being the only fibre exploited
and showing no unacceptable risk for human health when correctly used,
contrary to the four other fibres", declared Mr Godbout who works
to promote the responsible and safe use policy of this natural fibre that
has unique qualities and is economical, compared to its substitutes.
Chrysotile is the only type of asbestos commercially exploited. Recent studies involving laboratories in Switzerland, Germany and United States, headed by toxicologist Dr David Bernstein, confirms that the half-life (days necessary to eliminate half the fibres remaining in lungs after exposure) for chrysotile fibres is approximately 11 days. Half-life for cellulose fibres is 1 000 days and half-life for ceramic fibres is 60 days.
Chrysotile mining and milling facilities respect Convention 162, "Safety
in the Use of Asbestos", of the International Labor Organization
(ILO). In 1986, the ILO had recognised that regulations on asbestos must
be based on scientific fact.