Use of asbestos building materials in Malaysia: legislative measures, the management, and recommendations for a ban on use.

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.

DOI: 10.1179/2049396713Y.0000000028

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@article{Zen2013UseOA, title={Use of asbestos building materials in Malaysia: legislative measures, the management, and recommendations for a ban on use.}, author={Irina Safitri Zen and Rahmalan Ahamad and Krishna Gopal Rampal and Wahid Omar}, journal={International journal of occupational and environmental health}, year={2013}, volume={19 3}, pages={169-78} }