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5 May 2016

Fact Sheet on Chrysotile Asbestos

Collegium 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.

15 April 2016

Deadline for Ramazzini Days 2016 Abstracts 15 June 2016

The 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.

7 January 2016

Report on Collegium Ramazzini activities in Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2015

The Collegium Ramazzini, cooperated with the Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCHT), the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Harvard University School of Public Health and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in organizing 1) a professional training workshop and 2) a policy conference on environmental and occupational safety and health (EOSH), which were held in late November 2015 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

These activities resulted from an initial workshop on occupational safety and health held in February 2014 and was stimulated as a response to the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka where over 1100 workers were killed in a factory building collapse. An additional planning meeting with DCHT, CR and ISSA was held in March 2015.

The DCHT is a trust-owned private, non-profit and self-financed organization providing health care for low income, underprivileged people. Beside basic health care service, DCHT works on disaster management, arsenic in water mitigation, safe water supply, community development of sanitation systems and various research programs. DCHT works in collaboration with the Asian Disaster Risk Reduction Network (ADRRN) and the Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PADM); and has several international research collaborations, including with the Harvard School of Public Health.

The primary outcome was strong support for the goal creating a Center for Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health (CEOSH) at DCHT that will gradually be able to:
-Train a growing cadre of credentialed EOSH professionals
-Conduct research to understand EOSH needs and impact of interventions
-Deliver EOSH services through the DCH primary health care delivery system
-Serve as an EOSH scientific/technical resource center for Bangladesh
-Provide evidence-based advocacy for EOSH.

To achieve this, it is very clear that DCHT will need international assistance, both in the form of financial support for development costs under a clear plan towards self-sufficiency, and technical/scientific exchange. This international commitment will need to remain strong over a long period of time, but it should also reflect the ability of DCHT to meet its goals. For the Collegium, continuing its engagement is important.

1 January 2016

Save the Date > Ramazzini Days 2016 > October 27-30

Please mark your calendars now for the 2016 edition of Ramazzini Days, to be held in Carpi, Italy beginning at 15:00 on Thursday 27 October through 15:00 on Sunday 30 October 2016. Following the success of the 2015 edition, and per the request of meeting participants, the Collegium will continue with the 3-day format.
Ground transportation will be provided from the Bologna International Airport (BLQ) and from the historical center of Bologna on the morning of Thursday 27 October. Wednesday arrivals are invited to arrange accommodations in Bologna so as to use the conference transportation from the city center the following day.
Return travel should be planned for the afternoon of Sunday 30 October or Monday 31 October. Return ground transportation will be organized on both days from Carpi to BLQ and to the historical center of Bologna.
Train travellers should plan on booking a connection all the way to Carpi (trains run from Modena centrale every 30 minutes). No transportation will be provided from the Bologna or Modena train stations.
Online registration for the event will open in July.

Questions? Comments! Mail to: events@ramazzini.it