Global Asbestos Congress 2000

NORDIC EXPERIENCES AFTER EARLY ASBESTOS BANS

Lars Vedsmand
Occupational Health and Safety Officer (working with asbestos and mineral fibres since 1978)

(Below are edited notes from the PowerPoint presentation used at the Congress.)

Movement towards the Nordic ban

Post-ban developments

Table 1. Tests on alternatives materials

  IARC Technical
Wollastonite no cancer breaks (trial)
MMVF 2B breaks
Cellulose not eval no problem
PVA no cancer no problem
RCF 2A extreme heat
Flax not eval. testing now
other plants ? ?

Current problems

Table 2. Asbestos Industry Phases and resultant Diseases

Phase Diseases
First phase: High dust levels in manufacturin Recognition of asbestosis
Second phase: Dust/fibre levels are reduced in manufacturing Recognition of primary lung cancer
Third phase: Low levels in manufacturing. Discovery of various cancers: Gastrointestinal, throat, nose, etc. Importantly: mesothelioma
Fourth phase? "Controlled use", very low levels (as indoor-climate) Mesothelioma, lung cancer. Recognition of prolonged latency periods.

The future, Nordic

The future, EU

Requirements:

A global future without asbestos
Requirements: