Ban Asbestos now

Every year 107,000 workers suffer from Asbestosis and other diseases across the world due to use of Asbestos in the workplace.

Speakers in a consultation on Asbestos in Bangladesh urged the Government of Bangladesh to impose a ban on import of Asbestos and Asbestos-containing materials to minimize the risk of Asbestosis and cancer, generated from the unsafe use of Asbestos. OSHE foundation organized the consultation at U Multipurpose Hall in Dhaka.

Labour leader Mujibur Rahman Bhuiyan chaired the session, while A R Chowdhury Repon, Executive Director of OSHE foundation delivered introductory remarks. Dr. S M Morshed, Vice Chairperson of OSHE foundation presented the Bangladesh Country Paper on Asbestos.

Every year 107,000 workers suffer from Asbestosis and other diseases across the world due to use of Asbestos in the workplace. Legal provision allows import of asbestos in Bangladesh and amount of Asbestos import is increasing day by day.

He mentioned that every year 107,000 workers suffer from Asbestosis and other diseases across the world due to use of asbestos in the workplace. Dr. Morshed further added that legal provision allows import of asbestos in Bangladesh and amount of Asbestos import is increasing day by day.

‘Government of Bangladesh is earning revenue ignoring its impact on human health, particularly the workers are worst victims of this harmful item,’ he added. He also informed Asbestos is already banned in 52 countries around the world including Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Taking part in the discussion, the participants emphasized on massive campaign plan engaging relevant stakeholders against Asbestos and advocacy with the policymakers of relevant ministries for sensitization at senior level.

DIFE deputy inspector general (safety) Md. Mahfuzur Rahman Bhuiyan, assistant inspector general (health) Dr. Rajan Talukder and Dr. Najmoon Nahar, Industriall Bangladesh Council (IBC) chairman Mojibur Rahman Bhuiyan, IBC secretary general Towhidur Rahman, Federation of Garments Workers general secretary China Rahman, Bangladesh Building and Wood Workers Federation assistant general secretary Arifur Rahman and Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress secretary Pulak Ranjan Dhar were present among others.

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