229447 Case Study of Asbestos: Global Implications, Legislative Actions and Substitutions

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Barry Castleman, ScD , Environmental Consultant, Garrett Park, MD
On a global level the use and re-use of asbestos products continue to be promoted as part of the industrialization of poor countries. While within the US asbestos is not manufactured into products, imported goods continue to expose workers and consumers. In addition, naturally occurring asbestos poses risk of contamination and future asbestos related disease. Under the aegis of Corporate Social Responsibility, global corporate policies on asbestos use could protect consumers by means of asbestos-free cars and trucks, including parts such as brakes and other auto parts.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of the global asbestos trade in perpetuating asbestos-related disease. Describe the role (or lack) of corporate social responsibility.

Keywords: Occupational Safety, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Scientist in the field of asbestos related exposure, on national and global levels
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.