January 19, 2004

Ottawa renews support of Asbestos Institute for another three years

MONTREAL, QUE-The federal government has renewed its funding for the Montreal-based Asbestos Institute, allocating $775,000 over a three-year period. The contribution is being provided by Canada Economic Development (CED) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), with the latter assigned administrative responsibility. The Institute, a non-profit organization, will direct the funds toward its domestic and international efforts to promote the safe use of chrysotile asbestos. This includes activities within and outside Canada such as: communications material and information seminars; inspections of factories that use chrysotile asbestos to evaluate the efficiency of on-site measures to prevent and control dust; training programs for specialists on industrial ventilation and dust control, and air sampling and fibre counting; and seminars offered by trade unions to teach best practices to workers in industries that use chrysotile asbestos. The contribution will also assist with implementation of the responsible-use policy, as described in the 1997 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the federal government and Canadian asbestos producers. The MOU supports an agreement in principle between Canadian and international chrysotile asbestos producers concerning the worldwide application of the responsible-use policy.
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