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Effective Implementation of the Asbestos Ban in Nepal

For this project, the Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED) created awareness-raising materials about asbestos, reduction of exposure and best handling practices. Related materials previously created under different asbestos projects were distributed at a large scale. CEPHED also successfully organized a day-long Awareness and Capacity-Building Training Workshop on Effective Implementation of the Asbestos Ban in Nepal on October 28, 2018 jointly with the Government of Nepal, Birgunj Metropolitan City, Custom Office of Birgunj and Suryoday Youth Club Birgunj. Taking part were over 60 representatives from different municipalities, including mayors, deputy mayors, health advocates, education specialists, personnel from NGOs, Commerce Officer, Revenue Officer, Customs Officer, laboratory experts, and reporters.

The workshop program included sessions related to asbestos health impacts; possible places of use in a house; different forms of asbestos; the Nepal national asbestos profile; status of implementation of the Nepal ban asbestos prohibitions on the import, sale, distribution and use of asbestos & prevention; control measures and initiatives to reduce the impact of asbestos exposures on human health and the environment; and asbestos testing methods.

Recommendations for successful implementation of the Nepal asbestos ban were also delivered at the workshop.

This project is part of IPEN's Toxics-Free SDGs Campaign and relates to Sustainable Development Goals 3 & 8.

Special thanks to IPEN's South Asia Regional Coordinator Tripti Arora and Regional Hub Toxics Link for their important contributions to the development and finalization of the project.

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