KATHMANDU, DEC 24 – The government has banned the import, purchase and use of carcinogenic mineral fibre asbestos, which is used as construction material, saying that it is causing serious public health complications.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), as per the provision of Environment Protection Act 1997, published a notice in Nepal Gazette on Monday to ban the hazardous asbestos sheets and related products to protect human health as well as environment from harmful consequences due to its increasing use in the construction sector. This decision will automatically come into effect within 181 days after the date of notification.

A study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) has already identified that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans and cause various other health implications. Over 40 countries have banned the import, export and use of the material within their territories. Read more

Courtesy: The Kathmandu Post