The Republic of Turkey has instituted a ban on the use and production of all asbestos and asbestos-related products as of January 1, 2011.
The new regulations, which were announced last week by Turkey’s Environmental Management Directorate General, improve on a partial ban of the materials and will abide by European Union regulations that completely ban the use asbestos.
“The ban on use of asbestos will both eliminate diseases stemming from the substance and end emission of asbestos to the environment,” read the announcement.
Turkey is not the first country to institute a total ban on the use of asbestos after previously enacting partial limitations on the usage of the fibers previously. Australia and England both initially banned certain types of asbestos in the 1980s before further limiting the usage of all asbestos products in the 1990’s and 2000s.
Sweden and South Africa are examples of other countries that have instituted restrictions the use of asbestos. South Africa banned the use of the fibers altogether in 2008, while Sweden allowed the use of asbestos only if no better alternative products were available in 1982.
Despite that progress, other countries such as Canada, India, and the United States have still not instituted a full-scale ban on asbestos. However, the ban in Turkey may have some far-reaching effects on Canada, which the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat reported had exported as much as 32 percent of the asbestos used by Turkey in recent years.
Hopefully Turkey’s actions will help spur other countries to revisit the idea of instituting a full ban on the use of asbestos. Doing so may be the only way to finally make mesothelioma history.
Mesothelioma and asbestosis are both deadly illnesses that are caused primarily by prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers. If you were exposed to asbestos while working for a company and have since developed one of these illnesses, it may be worth pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit that could potentially result in a substantial asbestos settlement. If you think that a mesothelioma attorney could help prove your illness was caused by a specific entity’s negligence, please contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation.