CELA works in collaboration with national and international labour, health, environmental, and human rights experts and organizations to fully ban asbestos and ensure safe handling and disposal of existing uses.
These efforts were instrumental in achieving a comprehensive ban in Canada (effective as of January 2019) to prohibit the import, use, sale, manufacture, and export of asbestos and products containing asbestos. Ongoing work advocates for essential safeguards to address legacy asbestos issues including waste management, tracking of exposure, occupational health and safety, and ensuring safer alternatives.
At the international level, CELA continues to seek a global listing of all asbestos (including chrysotile) under the Rotterdam Convention and other UN Conventions and Programs aimed at controlling the international trade in hazardous substances.
Note that CELA worked towards an asbestos ban for many years prior to 2013, the cut-off date for the above website postings. For more historical detail, please search the CELA Archives.