The Mavis Nye Foundation is Supporting The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS) by signing with so many great Support Groups an open letter to the asbestos industry. We need to back the Global Ban Of Asbestos There are just a couple of Countries who exporting asbestos In this modern day
(Russia and Kazakhstan) Asbestos is the only known cause of Mesothelioma which has no known cure and so much research is needed.
We will never reach that Peak if we carry on selling Asbestos
So lets back a Complete world ban
May 16, 2018 Re: Open Letter to the Asbestos Industry - The End is Nigh! To Whom it May Concern, Recent developments and new data substantiate the conclusion that the end for the deadly asbestos industry is fast approaching.1 Wholesale rejection of asbestos by international agencies, regional bodies, national governments and consumers has resulted in a dramatic fall in asbestos demand and a considerable diminution of this toxic industry’s influence.2 With impending asbestos bans in Canada, Brazil, the Ukraine and Moldova, it is clear that the dominance by vested interests of the global asbestos debate is long gone. As of today, there are only two countries – Russia and Kazakhstan3 – exporting asbestos fiber. These countries are holding the rest of the world to ransom4 and, in doing so, could be responsible for millions of asbestos deaths.5 When the time comes to compensate the injured and remediate the environmental contamination, the polluters will be long gone. Asbestos victims, devastated communities and national governments will pay the price for the asbestos industry’s profits. In Brazil, formerly one of the world’s biggest asbestos producers, an event is being held this week (May 15-18, 2018), which underscores the huge transformation in the public’s perception of asbestos; once lauded as “the magic mineral,” asbestos is now widely regarded as “the killer dust.” In a somewhat delicious irony, the costs of the international São Paulo seminar entitled “Brazil without Asbestos (Brasil Sem Amianto)” are being paid for with fines recovered by Labor Prosecutors from companies found to have contravened state health and safety asbestos legislation.6 We wish our Brazilian colleagues the best of luck with this important event and pledge our support for the multitude of initiatives progressing national bans and providing support for the injured in India,7 Laos, Cambodia, Colombia, Myanmar, Nepal,8 Indonesia,9 the Cook Islands, Tonga,10 Vietnam, South Africa11 and elsewhere. As support for the global campaign to ban asbestos continues to grow via grassroots mobilization, regional authorities and international agencies are adopting new strategies to protect human health and the environment from toxic exposures. On April 10, 2018, the European Commission reiterated its stance on asbestos stating: “The Commission shares the view that exposure to asbestos is a matter of serious concern which should be adequately tackled both at EU and national level.”12 Earlier this month (May, 2018) at the 32nd International Congress on Occupational Health, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Secretary General of International Social Security Association – a body which in 2004 urged “all countries to ban the manufacture, trade and use of all types of asbestos and asbestos-containing products as soon as possible”13 – categorized the fact that we do not live in an asbestos-free world as “embarrassing.”14 The six-page “Dublin Statement on Occupational Health” issued at the end of that Congress was categorical about the urgent need for action. Recommendations made included: securing a covenant for implementing a global ban on asbestos, providing financial, technical and educational support for countries seeking to achieve a ban, implementing
technical and educational support for countries seeking to achieve a ban, implementing prevention programs to minimize hazardous exposures and eliminate asbestos-related diseases and making public investment and development aid conditional on banning asbestos.15 The asbestos industry, an industry of death and destruction, is itself dying. As this toxic technology is consigned to the history books, a “just transition policy” for redundant asbestos miners and affected communities should be implemented as a matter of urgency. They too deserve the human right to work and live in a healthy environment; for them, and for us, the future is asbestos-free. Signed by: Individuals Emeritus Professor Dr. Hans-Joachim Woitowitz, Medical Faculty of the Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany and Emeritus Member, Collegium Ramazzini, Italy Dr. Jukka Takala, President of the International Commission of Occupational Health Dr. Daniela Degiovanni, Oncologist and 2018 recipient of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Italy Dr. Jim teWaterNaude, Public Health Medicine Specialist, Cape Town, South Africa Dr. Sophia Kisting, Executive Director, National Institute for Occupational Health, South Africa Organizations Fiona Murie, Global Director Health and Safety and Construction, Building and Woodworkers International Pamela Miller, CoChair IPEN, International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, UK Fernanda Giannasi, Civil, Health and Safety Engineer, Retired Labour Inspector and CoFounder of Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA/ Brazilian Association of the Asbestos-Exposed), São Paulo, Brazil Sugio Furuya, Coordinator, Asian Ban Asbestos Network, Japan Omana George, Program Coordinator, Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong Pooja Gupta, Coordinator, Indian Ban Asbestos Network (IBAN), India Jagdish Patel, Director, Peoples Training and Research Centre, Gujarat, India AR Chowdhury Repon, Executive Director, Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, Bangladesh
Professor Domyung Paek, Ban Asbestos Network Korea, Seoul, Korea Yuyun Ismawati Drwiega, BaliFokus Foundation, Indonesia M. Darisman, Indonesia Ban Asbestos Network (INA-BAN) and Local Initiative for OHS Network (LION), Indonesia Robert Vojakovic, President of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia, Perth, Australia Professor Anna Nowak, National Centre for Asbestos-Related Diseases, Perth, Australia Professor Ken Takahashi, Director, Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, Concord, Australia Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future International, Europe Dr. Evelyn Glensk, Bundesverband der Asbestose-Selbsthilfegruppen (Federal Association of German Asbestos Victims’ Groups), Germany Dr. Annie Thebaud-Mony, Researcher, Ban Asbestos France and Association Henri Pézerat, France Mavis Nye, Mesothelioma Patient, President of the Mavis Nye Foundation, UK Graham Dring, Chairperson, Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups Forum, UK Liz Darlison, Head of Services, Mesothelioma UK Professor Rory O’Neill, Hazards Magazine/ University of Liverpool, UK Hilda Palmer, UK Hazards Campaign Kate Lee, Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA, Australia Jacques Faugeron, President, Association National de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (National Association for the Defence of Asbestos Victims), France Sanjiv Pandita, Regional Representative, Suisse Solidar, Switzerland Dr.Vithaya Kulsomboon, Chair of Rural Pharmacist Foundation, Thailand Update: Dr. Sophia Kisting, Kate Lee, and Jacques Faugeron were added May 17, 2018; new cosignatories Sanjiv Pandita and Dr.Vithaya Kulsomboon were added May 20, 2018. 1 Kazan-Allen L. Desperate Time for Asbestos Pedlars. April 20, 2018. Allen D., Kazan-Allen L. Dramatic Fall in Asbestos Production. May 3, 2018. 2 Asbestos Policies of Major International Agencies. Last updated: June 22, 2017. 3 Although China is also an asbestos producer, it uses most of what it produces. 4 Kazan-Allen L. Asbestos Showdown in Geneva. May 10, 2017.