The Cambodian government has released details about how a proposed asbestos ban will come into effect, including details for action, a timeline for a ban and management of related issues.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1,661 people die from asbestos disease in Indonesia every year, including 1,368 lung cancer cases and 225 mesothelioma cases. Yet, according to health system statistics, there have been no asbestos deaths and just six asbestos compensation claims.
The Cambodian Minister of Labor and Vocational Training and the Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia discussed moving toward prohibition or elimination of asbestos use in Cambodia from 2025.
During the cleanup after the West Java earthquake last year, emergency personnel removed broken roof sheet, unaware that they were being exposed to loose asbestos fibres.
The Rotterdam Convention needs urgent reform to list asbestos as a hazardous substance.