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1 Alternatives to chrysotile asbestos Sascha Gabizon, Executive Director Women in Europe for a Common Future - WECF

2 Asbestos Alternatives There are safer substitutes to chrysotile asbestos Alternative fibres have been tested to be safer for the human respiratory system Alternatives include: Fibre SubstitutesFibre Substitutes Non-fibre substitutesNon-fibre substitutes

3 Asbestos Alternatives Fibre Substitutes Natural organic fibre, e.g. Cellulose fibres Manufactured organic fibre, e.g. Polyvinylalcohol (PVA) fibre Manufactured inorganic fibres (MIF), glass and stone wool with oils and binders added Naturally occurring crystalline fibres and other minerals, e.g. Wollastonite Non-fibre Substitutes Carbonates Perlite PVC Conventional building materials

4 Brazilian cellulose / asphalt roof slates cost less than asbestos

5 South African fibre roof slates

6 South African fibre roof slates do not contain asbestos

7 Japanese PVA roofing sheets

8 Thailand non-asbestos roofing

9 1st non-asbestos producer Switzerland

10 Chinese PVA roofslates

11 Where Asbestos can be substituted packing products gaskets and seals vehicle clutch plates vehicle brakes linings and pads cavity wall insulation ironing board hot pads insulation in cookers parts of night storage heaters fire blankets...and many, many more. Cement for pipes, guttering, drains etc. Cement sheeting for roofs and walls Floor tiles Pipe lagging All forms of thermal insulation Ceiling and wall decorative products

12 Thank you for your attention

13 Main usage of chrysotile asbestos (e.g. Kantskiy Cement Board) Xx % Asbestos roofing plates: Xx % Asbestos cement: Xx% Asbestos brakes vehicles: Chrysotile usage in Kyrgyzstan


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