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    Victim Story


    September 27, 2021



    The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a coalition of victims’ groups, trade unions and other labour groups across Asia, all committed to the rights of Victims and for overall improvement of health and safety at the workplace is deeply anguished at the developments in Hongkong. The recent attack on the Trade Unions and organisations working towards the welfare of labour is strongly condemnable. The political changes in Hongkong in the recent past have had major implications to the labour. The workers who have been already at a receiving end with the growing marginalisation in the context of informalisation, union busting and restrictions and suffering a huge set back with the pandemic are now facing a threat of complete elimination of their rights. Unions and organisations working for their welfare and fighting for their entitlements are shutting down their operations because of the strong-arm techniques of the state machinery.

    While the entire world is witnessing shrinking civic spaces and many governments in Asia are restricting several democratic rights of their citizens and severely misusing the scare of the pandemic, the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong in June 2020 has almost become a death-knell for the thriving democratic institutions in Hongkong. This has led to several Unions, including the popular Teachers Union, Free Trade Union and civil society organisations like the Asia Monitor Resources Centre (AMRC) to sadly close their operations and disband.

    With this joint statement, we stand with the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) which has been in the forefront of enabling victims of occupational and environmental accidents and exposure to pollution and stress. Its efforts to enable their solidarity across Asia has been commendable. We also express solidarity with the Hong Kong labour movement in their struggle for more equal and democratic Hong Kong.


    Ram Charitra Sah

    ANROEV Coordinator

    Mobile/WhatsApp: +977=9803047621

    Email: anroev@gmail.com

    Web: www.anroev.net


    Date: 21st September 2021




    Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED), Kathmandu, Nepal

    Environics Trust, India

    Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation  (OSHE foundation), 6-A/1-19 Mirpur, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh

    The International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) , San Jose, CA  95112 USA

     Peoples Training and Research Centre (PTRC), India

    India Ban Asbestos Network, New Delhi, India

    Todd Jailer, Hesperian Health Guides

    Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center (JOSHRC)

    Asian Ban Ban Asbestos Network (ABAN)

    The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat endorses this statement.

    Good Electronics Network

    Families Against Corporate Killers, FACK from UK

    Susanna CAMUSSO, Head of international Policy, CGIL, Corso d’Italia 25, 00198 Roma

    Dr. Guenther Kittel , ppm Research, Consulting/ Health Work Environment, Auatria

    Kathy Jenkins, Secretary, Scottish Hazards

    Thora Brendstrup , AAA Denmark

    Gerhard Elsigan , ppm Linz , Austria

    European Work Hazards Network (EWHN)

    Yvonne Waterman, President, European Asbestos Forum Foundation

    UK Hazards Campaign

    Greater Manchester Hazards Centre

    Surya Ferdian, Local Initiative for OSH Network (LION), Indonesia

    Dr. Ashish Mital, Labour Resource Center, India

    Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA

    Ecological Alert and Recovery -Thailand (EARTH)

    Council of Work and Environment Related Patient`s Network of Thailand (WEPT)

    Ban Asbestos Network Korea (BANKO),

    Asian Citizen`s Center for Environment and Health (ACCEH), Korea






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    WEF’s top 5 global risks for 2020 are all about the environment

    January 22, 2020

    Economic and political polarization will rise in 2020, according to the World Economic Forum’s latest Global Risks report, but severe threats to the climate account for all of the top five long-term risks.

    The report published Wednesday, just days before the annual WEF event kicks off in Davos, Switzerland, forecasted a year of increased domestic and international divisions as well as economic slowdown.

    Respondents were asked to assess both the likelihood of a global risk occurring over the course of the next 10 years, and the severity of its impact at a global level if it were to occur.

    For the first time in the survey’s 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood were all environmental, with extreme weather events, human-made environmental damage and disasters and major biodiversity loss and natural disasters from earthquakes to tsunamis all the likeliest risks in 2020. In terms of the severity of impact over the next 10 years, the top risk was deemed to be the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    “Geopolitical turbulence is propelling us towards an ‘unsettled’ unilateral world of great power rivalries at a time when business and government leaders must focus urgently on working together to tackle shared risks,” the report stated.

    WEF said that collaboration between world leaders, businesses and policy-makers was needed to stop severe threats to the climate, environment, public health and technology systems.

    “The political landscape is polarized, sea levels are rising and climate fires are burning. This is the year when world leaders must work with all sectors of society to repair and reinvigorate our systems of cooperation, not just for short-term benefit but for tackling our deep-rooted risks,” Borge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, said.

    Climate risks

    Over 750 global experts and decision-makers were asked to rank their biggest concerns in terms of likelihood and impact and 78% said they expect “economic confrontations” and “domestic political polarization” to rise in 2020: “This would prove catastrophic, particularly for addressing urgent challenges like the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and record species decline,” the report, produced in partnership with Marsh & McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, stated.

    “This points to a need for policy-makers to match targets for protecting the Earth with ones for boosting economies — and for companies to avoid the risks of potentially disastrous future losses by adjusting to science-based targets.”

    The report’s publication comes as minds are concentrated on climate change with record temperatures and drought fuelling Australian wildfires that continue to ravage the natural habitat of parts of the country, causing 28 deaths so far, the loss of thousands of homes and biodiversity loss.

    John Drzik, chairman of Marsh & McLennan Insights, told CNBC that the report’s findings were striking. “Environmental risks have been growing as a concern in the report over that ten-year period, but this was very striking to see the top five all in the climate sphere,” he told CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche.

    “A new area that’s really been rising in the risks report is around biodiversity loss and the concerns both of its direct impact as well as its intersection with climate.” He noted that it was getting harder for countries to tackle issues like climate change together as the geopolitical environment becomes more fractured.

    “The natural institutions to try to resolve things on a multilateral basis have been weakening, and so it’s harder to tackle an issue like climate in a multilateral, multi-stakeholder approach.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss Alps, with the theme this year being “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.”


    Among the high-profile guests are President Donald Trump and the 17-year old climate activist Greta Thunberg. Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission; Sanna Marin, prime minister of Finland (and the world’s youngest serving prime minister) and Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil are also attending.

    WEF noted that respondents to its global risks report who were born after 1980 ranked environmental risks higher than other respondents, in the short and long-term.

    Almost 90% of these respondents believe “extreme heat waves”, “destruction of ecosystems” and “health impacted by pollution” will be aggravated in 2020. They also believe that the impact from environmental risks by 2030 will be more catastrophic and more likely.

    China health commission releases updated occupational exposure limits

    September 27, 2019

    Limits added for 1-BP and MTBE

    10 September 2019 / China, Occupational hygiene

    Industry - worker spray517 © sakarin14 adobe stock.comChina’s National Health Commission has updated its occupational exposure limits (OELs) for the country’s Harmful Factors in the Workplace standard for the first time since 2007.

    Standard GBZ2 is divided into two parts: Part 1: chemically harmful factors; and Part 2: Physical factors.

    This update only covers the first part and was released 29 August. It will become mandatory from 1 April 2020.

    The update contains four OEL tables, the first three of which are mandatory. They provide one or more of the following:

    • the permissible concentration-time weighted average (PC-TWA);
    • the permissible concentration-short term exposure limit (PC-STEL); or
    • the maximum allowable concentration (MAC).

    OELs for chemical hazards, dust and biological factors in workplace air are all covered.

    The update also adds a new column – critical adverse health effect – to table one (chemical hazards) along with the following definition: “The adverse health effects that are used to determine the allowable exposure level of an occupational hazard, ie, the occupational exposure limit.”

    The first three tables cover a combined total of 410 substances. This is an increase of 22 on the 2007 version. They include the addition of limits for:

    • 1-bromopropane (1-BP); and
    • methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE).

    A recent US EPA draft risk evaluation for the solvent 1-BP provisionally determined that the substance may present unreasonable risks to workers, occupational non-users, consumers and bystanders, under certain conditions of use.

    In February, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) included MTBE on a list of seven hazardous substances subject to workplace exposure reporting in 2020 under the country’s Industrial Safety and Health Law (ISHL).

    The fourth table in the update is new and contains recommended biological monitoring indicators and biological occupational exposure limits for 28 substances. It covers biological exposure limits such as levels of benzene, mercury, lead and 1-BP in urine.

    The updated standard also covers the following:

    • improvements to the relevant requirements for monitoring and test methods;
    • the addition of sensitisation markers for 16 substances, skin markers for four substances, and carcinogenic markers for 14 substances;
    • adjustment of cancer markers for seven substances;
    • the addition of nine concepts or definitions related to occupational exposure;
    • deletion of terms in five normative references; and
    • incorporation of nitric oxide exposure limits into the exposure limits of nitrogen dioxide.

    Workplace exposure limits in Asia

    Australia is currently seeking comments on draft evaluation reports and recommended workplace exposure standards for 50 chemicals ranging from acetaldehyde to benzoyl chloride.

    This is the second of 16 reviews planned for workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants.

    In July, Vietnam’s Health Environment Management Agency (Vihema) published a circular confirming that its updated workplace airborne exposure limits and testing methods for 50 substances will become mandatory from 9 December.

    On 1 July, Taiwan’s labour ministry (MoL) implemented a workplace air exposure limit for 1-BP and stricter limits for several other chemicals.

    Ellen Daliday

    Asia reporter

    Three more deaths and at least 450 illnesses linked to vaping in USA

    September 9, 2019

    Link : https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-from-vaping-in-indiana-california-and-minnesota-more-people-died-at-least-450-illnesses-now-nationwide/

    Officials on 06 September 2019 in Indiana, California and Minnesota reported deaths in their states linked to vaping. Previous deaths have been reported in Illinois and Oregon.

    Indiana health officials confirmed a patient died from a severe lung injury; Minnesota health officials linked a death in August to electronic cigarettes and Los Angeles health officials recorded the state’s first vaping-related death.

    Nationwide, U.S. health officials said on 06 september that they’re now investigating more than 450 cases of possible vaping-related illnesses in 33 states.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said some type of chemical exposure is likely associated with the illnesses, but more information is needed to determine the exact cause. Many of those hospitalized reported recently vaping a THC product with chemicals from marijuana, while a smaller group reported using regular e-cigarettes.

    The CDC did not identify any particular brand of e-cigarette, but expressed concern about any product sold on the street or tampered with by users.

    “They’re really concerned about unknown substances people are buying on the street,” LaPook said. “They think it’s not an infection, it’s a probably some chemical irritation. When you think about it, these e-cigarette devices are really like chemistry sets. You put in this liquid, you lick it, you heat it up – there’s some kind of chemical reaction. You’re creating all these different chemicals. You’re not entirely sure what these chemicals are, but we are sure of one thing: You are sucking a lot of them.”

    Officials said the Indiana death involved a person older than 18, but that no additional information about the patient will be released. The Indiana health department said it has confirmed eight cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping and is investigating more than 20 other suspected cases.

    In Minnesota, health officials said the patient was over 65 years old and had died in August after a long and complicated hospitalization. Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield said the patient had a history of underlying lung disease and was hospitalized with a severe lung injury that progressed to include other conditions. They are investigating if it is linked to THC.

    Los Angeles County public health officer Dr. Muntu Davis said the victim was over 55 years old with chronic health issues, CBS Los Angeles reported. No further details were released.

    Government health investigators are looking into whether an oil derived from Vitamin E — found in samples of marijuana vaping products from patients all over the country who got sick — may be responsible for at least some of the cases.

    “We are leaving no stone unturned in following any potential leads, including Vitamin E acetate found in many of the samples containing THC, and we’re committed to taking appropriate actions as the facts emerge,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said on Twitter. “We urge consumers to avoid buying vaping products from the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or modifying/adding any substances to products purchased in stores.”

    One Illinois teenager, who has been hospitalized since last week, told CBS News that his lungs “are like a 70-year-old’s” after vaping with THC. “My lungs will never be the same,” said Adam Hergenreder, 18.

    Earlier this week, the governor of Michigan announced it will become the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

    Dr. Jon LaPook and Dean Reynolds contributed to this report.

    Source : CBS NEWS

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