ICS Magazine

AIHA comments on asbestos ban

November 19, 2007

The American Industrial Hygiene Association sent a letter to the U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in response to S. 742, the “Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007,” a bill that would prohibit the importing, manufacturing, processing, or distributing of products containing asbestos in the United States.

AIHA offers support for the education, study, and research sections of S. 742 and House companion HR 3339, which requires the federal government to conduct additional research on the health effects of various forms of asbestos and education.

“The real question is not whether legislation should be enacted to ban all uses of asbestos, but whether we can determine how to prevent new uses of asbestos from creating a hazard to individuals,” said AIHA President Donald J. Hart, PhD, CIH. AIHA believes that if a ban is the only way to control exposure to new uses of asbestos, then this is a decision that is best left to policymakers and regulators.