6 June 2016
Quebec's National Assembly Recognizes Activist Kathleen Ruff Kathleen Ruff will receive a medal of honour in Quebec's National Assembly on 9 June 2016 for her decade of work to stop Canada's asbestos trade. Kathleen received a Special Award from the Collegium Ramazzini in October 2013 to honor her steadfast and effective advocacy in the international effort to ban the ongoing use of asbestos and for promoting better occupational and environmental health protections throughout the world.
The Montreal Gazette has published an extensive feature story on Kathleen and her life's work. Read the 4 June piece Kathleen Ruff: How one single-minded activist helped turn the tide on asbestos.
The Collegium Ramazzini congratulates our friend Kathleen on this well-deserved honor.
6 June 2016
The Asian Asbestos Initiative (AAI) recognized as WHO success storyThe Asian Asbestos Initiative is an international collaborative effort to eliminate asbestos use and Asbestos-Related Disease. The project targets developing countries in Asia, but also aspires to provide a model for the world.
Collegium Ramazzini Fellow and Executive Counselor Ken Takahashi served as AAI coordinator and managed a large public grant acquired during the period 2008-2014. The grant engaged researchers, administrators and NGOS as well as UN organizations such as the WHO, ILO, UNEP (RCS) and IARC. Under Ken's leadership, AAI organized international seminars for 7 consecutive years until the funding ended.
AAI was recently recognized as one of the WHO "success-stories" of the global network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health. AAI was included in a recent WHO publication Improving workers' health around the world: Advancing the WHO global plan of action on workers' health (see pages 15-16 and 45). The Collegium Ramazzini congratulates Ken and his team at AAI for these important achievements.
15 April 2016
Deadline for Ramazzini Days 2016 Abstracts 15 June 2016The Priority Topics Committee of the Collegium Ramazzini is currently accepting proposals for scientific sessions for Ramazzini Days 2016. Fellows are invited to use this Google Form to submit abstracts for multi-speaker sessions or individual presentations or posters. Use the following Guidelines for Authors. The submission deadline is 15 June 2016.
Save the Date! Ramazzini Days will be held October 27-30 in Carpi, Italy. Online registration opens mid-July.
5 May 2016
Fact Sheet on Chrysotile AsbestosCollegium Ramazzini Fellow Richard A. Lemen and other scientists have recently prepared a Fact Sheet on Chrysotile Asbestos summarizing the scientific consensus of its dangers. The Fact Sheet illustrates the clear consensus that chrysotile asbestos cannot be used safely nor is it a safe form of asbestos.
Summary of Facts
Throughout the last thirty years, scientific organizations and governmental agencies have thoroughly and meticulously reviewed extensive published data on asbestos and have concluded that all of its commercially viable fiber types (including amosite, anthophyllite, actinolite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite) cause disease and death resulting from asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and cancers of the larynx and ovary. There has not been identified any safe level of exposure to any form of asbestos; i.e. no threshold value below which all individuals would be risk-free of contracting an asbestos-related disease. Therefore, we support the immediate prohibition of the use of any form of asbestos-containing products, including those containing chrysotile, and call for their complete elimination.