Asbestos bans and regulation

asbestos bans




Asbestos bans

As of 2015, out of around 193 world nations, 55 nations has banned use of all types of asbestos. Those countries generally seek to ensure that asbestos use in any areas has been expressly prohibited. Some countries allow exemptions of minor use, as specialist seals and gaskets, and some countries have an interim period where asbestos brake pads are still permitted.
Roughly 140 nations around the world still permit full or partial use of asbestos, with little or no regulations at all.
This includes popular tourist destinations like Thailand, Carribean Islands, Bali (Indonesia), Mexico, Morocco, India, Vietnam, China and many more.
Thus, asbestos exposure during foreign holidays cannot be ruled out.

Take special note that United States has not banned the use of asbestos.

CountryCountryCountryCountryCountry
AlgeriaCzech RepublicIcelandMaltaSerbia
ArgentinaDenmarkIrelandMozambiqueSeychelles(2)
AustraliaEgyptIsraelNetherlandsSlovakia
AustriaEstoniaItalyNew CaledoniaSlovenia
BahrainFinlandJapanNorwaySouth Africa
BelgiumFranceJordan(1)OmanSpain
BruneiGabonKorea (South)PolandSweden
BulgariaGermanyKuwaitPortugal*Switzerland
ChileGreeceLatviaQatarTurkey
CroatiaHondurasLithuaniaRomaniaUnited Kingdom
CyprusHungaryLuxembourgSaudi ArabiaUruguay

(1) An immediate ban on amosite and crocidolite was imposed on August 16, 2005; a grace period of one year was allowed for the phasing out of the use of tremolite, chrysotile, anthophyllite and actinolite in friction products, brake linings and clutch pads. After August 16, 2006, all forms of asbestos were to be banned for all uses.

(2) In 2012 it was reported that due to lack of enforcement, asbestos-containing products were still being imported and used in the Seychelles.

* January 1, 2005 was the deadline for prohibiting the new use of chrysotile, other forms of asbestos having been banned previously, in all 25 Member States of the European Union; compliance with this directive has not been verified in countries with an asterisk (*). As of May 2009 there are 27 Member States, with Romania and Bulgaria joining the EU in 2007.

Source: International Ban Asbestos Secretariat

Regulated use

As we have seen, many nations have not yet banned asbestos use. Allthough in some of those nations, at least asbestos use is regulated together with set exposure limits, in hope to achieve controlled use of asbestos. Many nations have no regulation whatsoever.

Asbestos bans and regulation by country

To see details about bans and regulation for a given nation, click the nations in the table below
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CountryBanRegulations
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Bouvet Island
Brazil
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Canton and Enderbury Islands
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos [Keeling] Islands
Colombia
Comoros
Congo – Brazzaville
Congo – Kinshasa
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Côte d’Ivoire
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Dronning Maud Land
East Germany
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Southern Territories
French Southern and Antarctic Territories
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Honduras
Hong Kong SAR China
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey
Johnston Island
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau SAR China
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Metropolitan France
Mexico
Micronesia
Midway Islands
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar [Burma]
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
Neutral Zone
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Niue
Norfolk Island
North Korea
North Vietnam
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pacific Islands Trust Territory
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Territories
Panama
Panama Canal Zone
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Islands
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Réunion
Saint Barthélemy
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Serbia and Montenegro
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
São Tomé and Príncipe
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
U.S. Minor Outlying Islands
U.S. Miscellaneous Pacific Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wake Island
Wallis and Futuna
Western Sahara
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Åland Islands

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