World Bank warns of asbestos hazards

Monday, 25 May, 2009

The World Bank has issued a Good Practice Note: Asbestos: Occupational and Community Health Issues. The note outlines the health risks related to exposure to asbestos, lists resources on international good practices to minimise these risks and describes some of the available alternatives to asbestos-containing products.

The Good Practice Note advises that it is good practice to minimise the health risks associated with asbestos products by avoiding their use in new construction and renovation and, if installed asbestos-containing materials are encountered, by using internationally recognised standards and best practices to deal with them.

The document, which can be downloaded from, states that the bank expects borrowers and other clients to use alternative materials whenever feasible.

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