Govt to monitor asbestos in earthquake-hit areas
A panel will be set up to devise measures to prevent workers clearing debris in areas devastated by the March 11 disaster from contracting asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, it has been learned.
Asbestos was once widely used as a construction material, particularly for heat insulation. Mixed with dust, the substance is easily scattered through the air.
In 2006, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry totally banned the production, import, sale and use of products with a content rate of asbestos exceeding 0.1 percent.
The panel will consist mainly of …