The Canadian government has published its final regulations on asbestos (Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations: SOR/2018-196) in the Canada Gazette and introduced new export limitations.
The regulations prohibit the import, sale, and use of asbestos and products containing asbestos. Only the chlor-alkali industry is exempted until 2030.
The regulations take effect on December 30, 2018 and are part of Canada’s strategy to limit asbestos, as announced in December 2016. The government considers it proven that asbestos causes and promotes illnesses like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. The government seeks to protect its citizens from such risks.
The chlor-alkali industry is exempted from the regulations until the end of 2029. In that industry, asbestos is an element of cell diaphragms that serve as a filter in the manufacture of chlorine and caustic soda. Other products used for military purposes and for occupational safety in nuclear facilities are also exempt.
Along with the asbestos regulations, the Canadian government has also modified the Export Control List Regulations (ESECLR), which defines the conditions for the export of asbestos.
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