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  1. South Korea Environmental Group Urges Government Study

  2. Asbestos Closes York Primary School

  3. Hong Kong Moves to Compensate Mesothelioma Victims

  4. Australia Adds Alimta to Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

  5. Report Examines Asbestos Exposure at one Derby School

  6. Alang Shipyard Seeking Outside Firm for Asbestos Removal

  7. South Korean Family Wins Landmark Case

  8. Review Finds 63 Cases of Major Asbestos Violations

  9. Scotland Moves to Re-institute Compensation for Pleural Plaques

  10. Asbestos Victims Memorialized in Rochdale

  11. Ruling Restricts Asbestos Compensation

  12. Asbestos Contamination a Serious Problem for Aberdeen Schools

  13. Ruling to Set New Legal Precedent for UK Victims

  14. Another Australian Town Grapples With Asbestos

  15. Alarming Mesothelioma Rates Near Abandoned Japanese Factory

  16. UK Study: Workers Dismissing Asbestos Risks

  17. New South Wales Mesothelioma Registry to Be Eliminated

  18. India's Supreme Court to Hear "Blue Lady" Case

  19. South Africa to Vote on Asbestos Ban

  20. Wales Considering Proposals for Expanded Mesothelioma Compensation

  21. New Mesothelioma Research Center to Open in Sydney

  22. Companies Fined After Failing to Comply with Asbestos Regulations

  23. The British Lung Foundation's Mesothelioma Charter

  24. Second Annual Mesothelioma Action Day to Be Held on Feb 27, 2007

  25. Asbestos Time Bomb May Kill 120,000 in UK

  26. Boysenberries might impede mesothelioma

  27. Payout Finalized in James Hardie Deal

  28. Seoul Subways Inundated with Asbestos

  29. The Ghost Ships of Hartlepool

  30. UK Asbestos Compensation Bill Explained

  31. Asbestos to be removed from 58 story building

  32. Demonstrators demand asbestos inquiry

  33. Alstom Power Boiler liable for exposing workers to asbestos

  34. The Future of Asbestos in the World

    While the risks of asbestos continue to come to the forefront of society, a number of major industrial countries continue to use or allow asbestos to be manufactured, imported, and used in everyday products.

    The United States continues to allow asbestos to be used EPA regulated the substance beginning in 1989 allowing only 6 forms to be used.

    Recent actions within the United States have been the formation of a number of political action groups lobbying for its removal. This recent groundswell has been reinforced by Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash who proposed the Ban Asbestos in America bill in May 2003 which would outlaw the substance and increase funding for treatment and research for those suffering from asbestos related conditions like mesothelioma.

    Here is a list of countries that have completely banned asbestos and no longer engage in the production or trade of it: (As of 2005)

    Chile Cyprus Finland
    Ireland Kuwait Latvia
    Malta Monaco New Zealand
    Norway Slovenia Sweden

    The following is a list of countries that have banned asbestos but still produce it in small quantities or trade it:

    Argentina Australia Austria
    Belgium Croatia Czech Republic
    Denmark Estonia France
    Germany Greece Hungary
    Iceland Italy Japan
    Lithuania Luxembourg Poland
    Portugal Saudi Arabia Slovakia
    South Africa Spain Switzerland
    The Netherlands United Kingdom Uruguay

    The following countries have ratified ILO 162. The International Labor Organization holds conferences that aim to address a specific workplace concerns and convened in 1986 to formulate rules on asbestos in the workplace. They created a set of rules to encourage employee safety from asbestos exposure by focusing on setting standards and responsibilities for company’s and governments. The following countries as of 2005 have signed their proclamation:

    Belgium Bolivia Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Brazil Cameroon Canada
    Chile Colombia Croatia
    Cyprus Ecuador Finland
    Germany Guatemala Japan
    Macedonia Portugal Russia
    Serbia & Montenegro Slovenia Switzerland
    Uganda Uruguay Zimbabwe



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