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    • OSH Rights: May 2015, No 34

      In this Issue

      • Pay up Our Fair Compensation
      • Chrysotile listing blocked again
      • [Appeal]Stop Killing Innocent babies and Pregnant Women – Boycott Products by Reckitt Benckiser
      • Working Women of Asia 2015
      • Update from Partners
      • International Workers Memorial Day
      • Former RCA employees win decade-long legal battle
      • IOHSAD Statement on the Kentex Fire Tragedy

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    • India blocks listing of Chrysotile Asbestos in Rotterdam Convention: Hides behind smokescreen of bogus science

      India along with a handful of countries including Russia, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Cuba once again blocked the listing of Chrysotile Asbestos in the Prior Informed Consent list (PIC) at a UN convention meeting currently underway in Geneva, using bogus science and advocating “controlled use”. We would like to point out that “Controlled” or “safe” use of all varieties of asbestos including Chrysotile is a “myth” and that all major independent scientific bodies including the WHO and ILO have categorically stated that Chrysotile (white) asbestos cannot be safely used. Mere listing of chrysotile in the PIC list does not constitute a trade ban or ban on use but it helps the importing country to get information regarding the hazardous effects of the chemical and empowers them to take an informed decision. The Indian delegation should be directed to act with the knowledge that listing chrysotile asbestos under the Convention does not constitute a trade ban on chrysotile asbestos. Read More →

    • [Sign Petition]Stop Killing Innocent babies and Pregnant Women – Boycott Products by Reckitt Benckiser

      In Korea, since 1990s, many families have used humidifier at home and office, especially during dry winter seasons. Families with newborns, children, or old patients are particularly keen to avoid cold and dry airs. At first, the water tank of humidifier was cleaned with water only, mainly by shaking. However, in 1994, the first product labeled as humidifier disinfectant was marketed to humidifier users to be added into the water tank. A survey in 2011 indicated that more than 8 million out of 50 million Korean populations have used around 200,000 different humidifier disinfectant products during winter season. Read More →

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