Use of Asbestos Building Materials in Malaysia: Legislative Measures, the Management, and Recommendations for a Ban on Use

Zen, Irina Safitri and Ahamad, Rahmalan and Gopal Rampal, Krishna and Omar, Wahid (2013) Use of Asbestos Building Materials in Malaysia: Legislative Measures, the Management, and Recommendations for a Ban on Use. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 19 (3). pp. 167-178. ISSN 1077-3525

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Related URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/2049396713Y.0000000028

Abstract

Malaysia has partially banned the use of asbestos. The prohibition of asbestos building materials in schools, clinics, and hospitals built by government started in 1999. Since 2005, prohibition has also been applied to all government buildings. However, asbestos construction materials such as roof and ceiling tiles are still sold in the market. There are no acts or regulations prohibiting the use of asbestos in private buildings in Malaysia. Asbestos was first used for industrial purposes in Malaysia in the 1960s and the first regulations related to asbestos have been around since the 1980s. Non-governmental organizations have been pushing the government to impose a total ban since the 1980s. Asbestos is still used in the manufacturing sector under the "control use" concept. The study found difficulties in established and validated medical record data on asbestos-related diseases. This paper reviews existing asbestos-related regulations and guidelines in Malaysia and discusses the urgency for a total ban in the use of asbestos in building materials in the country. In the meanwhile, stricter enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations related to the use and exposure of asbestos among workers in the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and demolition sectors has been in place.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asbestos; Asbestos building materials; Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs); Asbestos-related disease (ARD); Occupational safety and health (OSH); Regulations; Supply chain
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: Norazreen Ismail
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2014 05:53
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2014 06:03
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/529

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