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PQ. Government determined to reduce present exposures to asbestos

PQ. The Government is determined to reduce the present death toll from asbestos
A Parliamentary written answer on the 8th September 2014 claims that: “The Government’s policy position towards the eventual elimination of asbestos-related diseases is well established…. We remain determined to continue to reduce present exposures to minimise any future death toll….”

Comment. Indeed the Government’s policy is well established and is one of leaving asbestos in place in schools and managing it. Which no doubt contributes towards the fact that we have the highest mesothelioma rate in the world. We await the report on the Government’s review of asbestos policy for schools to see whether they live up to their fine words.

PQ Environmental Protection 8 Sep 2014 : Column 414W
“…The membership of the European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) comprises four environment Ministers, four health Ministers and four international institutions, appointed by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The UK is not a member.
The Government’s policy position towards the eventual elimination of asbestos-related diseases is well established. The UK has a high rate of asbestos-related disease because of our past use of very high levels of asbestos.
Consequently, our regulatory system for controlling occupational asbestos exposure is now one of the strictest in the EU. For example, we license and closely regulate contractors carrying out the highest-risk work with asbestos and we require more proactive management of asbestos in buildings and structures. Within Europe, the Government is focused on the need for active compliance with agreed EU measures and for any proposed new measures to be risk based, realistically achievable and the result of proper impact assessment. We remain determined to continue to reduce present exposures to minimise any future death toll….”
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140908/text/140908w0001.htm#140908w0001.htm_wqn2

European Environment and Health Ministerial Board
The Minister refers to the EHMB and their commitment at their July meeting. The following is the relevant extract:

“Environment and Health Ministerial Board in Vilnius, Lithuania on 1 July 2014.
Air pollution, climate change and chemicals pose key environmental risks to people’s health that require political action in the European Region, according to members of the European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB). EHMB held its fifth meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania on 1 July 2014.
Action on environment and health priorities:
EHMB members committed themselves to taking concrete action in the near future to address these priority issues. EHMB will:
place the elimination of diseases from asbestos exposure and the implementation of the new Minamata Convention on Mercury at the core of negotiations with European countries, in line with European Member States’ commitment in 2010 to eliminate asbestos-related diseases by 2015.”
http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/spain/news/news/2014/07/tackling-air-pollution,-climate-change-and-chemicals-european-environmental-priorities-to-protect-health
and: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/pages/news/news/2013/04/european-ministers-call-for-urgent-action-on-environmental-threats

Michael

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