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    Indian Ban Asbestos Network Established

    April 11, 2018 in SlideShow

    On December 16, 2017 civil society and trade unions in India came together creating an important milestone in the occupational and environmental health rights based work in India by establishing the Indian Ban Asbestos Network (IBAN) in New Delhi.
    India ban asbestos 2The establishment of the Indian Ban Asbestos Network is an unprecedented step towards the creation of asbestos free workplace and society. The network was formed with a clear goal of getting all forms of asbestos banned in India as the first step towards the elimination of the asbestos related diseases in India. The network was founded by 16 organisations consisting of Trade Unions, NGOs, Victims organisations and individual Scientists, Doctors and Lawyers. The network agreed to focus on key objectives of preparing a detailed position paper highlighting the use of Asbestos in India and the harm it has caused, to launch an information and education campaign about the hazards of Asbestos especially among the workers engaged in asbestos product manufacturing, construction, mining and ship breaking. The network also agreed to engage with the relevant authorities in India to ensure all imports of Asbestos is stopped and asbestos product manufacturing is converted into non-asbestos (alternative material) products and just transition is ensured for existing workers working in these hazardous industries.  Recognising the ultimate price that victims have paid with their health by working with this carcinogen, the network recognises the key role of Victims in the network and would work towards identification and diagnosis of the victims across India to ensure just compensation for them. The IBAN Network will also work actively towards formation of asbestos victims’ organisations in India.
    Mr. Sugio Furuya, Coordinator of Asian Ban Asbestos Network presented an update on global action on asbestos. He emphasised that global trade of asbestos is shrinking fast. Senior Occupational Health Specialist Mr. Kawakami represented ILO at this meeting who explained ILO convention on Asbestos.  Representative from Nepal explained challenges faced by the country in post-ban period in Nepal. He explained how asbestos industry in India is trying to push asbestos containing material in Nepal in spite of ban.
    Challenges to compliance that were stated were as follows: – Shifting to expensive products – Behavioural change of private sector – No awareness at the public level – Challenges for management – call back from the market, demolition waste management, service
    sector awareness on waste management – Establishment of compensation systems – Implementation of PIC procedure
    Opportunities – Alternatives available – Marketing alternatives
    The final remarks of the conference were given by AMRC, the following points were stressed: • The need to work at many levels • Bureaucrats, political parties, leaders • Concerted national policy support is needed • India – consumption has increased • State by state campaigning for banning asbestos in India • Grassroot level pressure on the govt – to ensure the ban so that the industry cannot control the govt

    The ANROEV biennial conference 2017

    April 3, 2018 in SlideShow

    The ANROEV biennial conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 19 to 21, 2017. ANROEV is providing adequate support to victims and organizations to raise their united voice on OSH rights and to bring necessary changes on OSH situations for the betterment of the victims in the Asian region.

    130 delegates from 18 countries in all over the world participated in the powerful discussion on OSH which envisaged the network activities supporting to ensure the victims rights and promote the OSH Rights in the Asian region. The conference demonstrated plenty of dynamic learnings and thoughtful presentations, discussions on different ongoing and emerging issues on OSH.

    The ANROEV biennial conference 2017

    November 28, 2012 in SlideShow, Top News

    The ANROEV biennial conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 19 to 21, 2017. ANROEV is providing adequate support to victims and organizations to raise their united voice on OSH rights and to bring necessary changes on OSH situations for the betterment of the victims in the Asian region.

    130 delegates from 18 countries in all over the world participated in the powerful discussion on OSH which envisaged the network activities supporting to ensure the victims rights and promote the OSH Rights in the Asian region. The conference demonstrated plenty of dynamic learnings and thoughtful presentations, discussions on different ongoing and emerging issues on OSH.

     

    Chinese factory-fire victim turned activist honored by world’s largest public health group

    November 27, 2012 in Latest News, SlideShow

    The New York Times headline read “Fire Ravages a Doll Factory In Southern China, Killing 81.”  It was November 1993, the city was Shenzhen and the location was the Zhili toy factory.   Ms. Yuying Chen, 17, was one of 250 workers in the factory.  Like many others, she had traveled from her rural farming community to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to work in a manufacturing plant.  She dutifully sent money back home to her family.  When the fire broke out, the workers found the doors and windows locked making escape difficult.   Ms. Chen suffered third-degree burns over 75 percent of her body.  She also lost fingers and toes on her left side.  The physical and emotional recovery was grueling, but she survived.  She didn’t just survive, she thrived.

    “After the initial trauma, Chen’s natural optimism reasserted itself,” notes the groupPeaceWomen Across the Globe.   Yuying Chen established the Self-Empowerment Service Center for Disabled Persons in Zhongxian County.  That’s one of the regions in China where people leave their families to work in the contract factories. She wanted migrant workers and disabled people to have a safe space to assemble and have access to information relevant to their life challenges.  Garrett Brown of the Maquiladora Health and Safety Network reports that one of the Center’s most popular resources is a handbook for migrant workers on their labor rights while employed in the contract factories. Read the rest of this entry →

    Indian Ban Asbestos Network Established

    July 26, 2012 in SlideShow

    On December 16, 2017 civil society and trade unions in India came together creating an important milestone in the occupational and environmental health rights based work in India by establishing the Indian Ban Asbestos Network (IBAN) in New Delhi.
    The establishment of the Indian Ban Asbestos Network is an unprecedented step towards the creation of asbestos free workplace and society. The network was formed with a clear goal of getting all forms of asbestos banned in India as the first step towards the elimination of the asbestos related diseases in India. The network was founded by 16 organisations consisting of Trade Unions, NGOs, Victims organisations and individual Scientists, Doctors and Lawyers. The network agreed to focus on key objectives of preparing a detailed position paper highlighting the use of Asbestos in India and the harm it has caused, to launch an information and education campaign about the hazards of Asbestos especially among the workers engaged in asbestos product manufacturing, construction, mining and ship breaking.

    India ban asbestos 2The network also agreed to engage with the relevant authorities in India to ensure all imports of Asbestos is stopped and asbestos product manufacturing is converted into non-asbestos (alternative material) products and just transition is ensured for existing workers working in these hazardous industries.  Recognising the ultimate price that victims have paid with their health by working with this carcinogen, the network recognises the key role of Victims in the network and would work towards identification and diagnosis of the victims across India to ensure just compensation for them. The IBAN Network will also work actively towards formation of asbestos victims’ organisations in India.
    Mr. Sugio Furuya, Coordinator of Asian Ban Asbestos Network presented an update on global action on asbestos. He emphasised that global trade of asbestos is shrinking fast. Senior Occupational Health Specialist Mr. Kawakami represented ILO at this meeting who explained ILO convention on Asbestos.

    Representative from Nepal explained challenges faced by the country in post-ban period in Nepal. He explained how asbestos industry in India is trying to push asbestos containing material in Nepal in spite of ban.
    Challenges to compliance that were stated were as follows: – Shifting to expensive products – Behavioural change of private sector – No awareness at the public level – Challenges for management – call back from the market, demolition waste management, service
    sector awareness on waste management – Establishment of compensation systems – Implementation of PIC procedure
    Opportunities – Alternatives available – Marketing alternatives
    The final remarks of the conference were given by AMRC, the following points were stressed: • The need to work at many levels • Bureaucrats, political parties, leaders • Concerted national policy support is needed • India – consumption has increased • State by state campaigning for banning asbestos in India • Grassroot level pressure on the govt – to ensure the ban so that the industry cannot control the govt.

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