Asbestos is the single biggest work place killer today. People who have worked with the material are at serious risk from developing lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, fatal respiratory illnesses that debilitate their victims. Evidence of asbestos’ deadly effect on those who breathe its fibres is likely to multiply in the decades to come.
Remember, these diseases will not affect anyone immediately but later on in life (may be after 20 years), so there is a need to protect ourselves now to prevent us contracting an asbestos-related disease in the future. It is also important to remember that people who smoke and are also exposed to asbestos fibres are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer. Yet the Malaysian government has not banned the use of asbestos at work place.
An exclusive interview with the experts on the International Commemoration day for the dead and injured workers by R.Rajeswari, Citizen Journalist.
Correction : Anup Srivastara supposed to be Sanjiv Pandita, Executive Director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre(AMRC)
Video by R.Rajeswari, Citizen Journalist.