Asbestos Seminar in London 

by Laurie Kazan-Allen



A unique public gathering in London on 16 April, 2002 will offer the opportunity to hear presentations by a panel of asbestos experts from Brazil, Australia, Kazakhstan, the USA, Holland and England. The seminar entitled: Asbestos: International Update on a Dying Industry and a Health Time Bomb will take place at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) from 4-8:30 p.m. Ms. Fernanda Giannasi, a Brazilian Factory Inspector from the Sao Paulo Region, will discuss a recent case in which asbestos gaskets were shipped to the UK from Brazil despite UK regulations prohibiting the use of asbestos products. Other speakers will describe asbestos production processes in Kazakhstan, disease rates in Holland and Europe and legal developments in the UK and in South Africa. There will be an exhibition of stunning photographs by Hein du Plessis, from Technikon Free State, which graphically illustrate the repercussions of decades of asbestos production in Prieska, South Africa by the British multinational: Cape plc. Against this background, the launch of the new book by Jock McCulloch on the history of asbestos mining in South Africa will be particularly poignant. The author will be there to discuss his work; copies of: Asbestos Blues: Labour, Capital, Physicians and the State in South Africa will be on sale at a reduced price during the book launch.

Admission to the event, organised jointly by the LSHTM and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, is free. As places are limited, please confirm attendance by email to:


ASBESTOS: International Update on a Dying
Industry and a Health Time Bomb

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Keppel Street, London
Manson Lecture Theatre
April 16, 4-8.30 p.m.


Carolyn Stephens, LSHTM / Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat


4:10The Epidemiology of Asbestos Diseases in Holland / Western Europe
Paul Swuste/ Julian Peto, Epidemiologists, Delft University, the Netherlands / LSHTM and Institute of Cancer Research


4:25Asbestos Mining in Southern Africa
Jock McCullock School of Social Science and Planning, RMIT University, Australia


4:40Afrika & Others  v Cape Plc
Richard Meeran, Solicitor, Leigh, Day & Co., London


4:55UK Asbestos Victims: Judicial and Legal Decisions Bar Claimants
John Battle MP


5:10Asbestos and Health: A Policy Update
Carolyn Stephens, LSHTM


5:25Panel Discussion


5:40Coffee Break


5:55Current Asbestos Production and Use in Kazakhstan
John Gilbert, ATEC, Kazakhstan


6:10Regulation of the Global Asbestos Market: A New Way Forward?
Fernanda Giannasi, the Coordinator of the Virtual Ban Asbestos Movement in Latin America


6:25India Asbestos Struggle -- Update
Barry Castleman, Author of Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects, International Consultant on Occupational and Environmental Health


6:40Panel Discussion: Prospects for a Worldwide Ban


7:15Closing Remarks



7:30Reception - Photographic Exhibition: Let Us Praise Famous Men: the Poisonous Legacy of Cape plc by Hein du Plessis


8:00Book Launch: Asbestos Blues: Labour, Capital, Physicians and the State in South Africa by Jock McCulloch



March 22, 2002



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