ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said the ILO statement provides welcome support for the global union campaign to see a ban on asbestos worldwide and a just transition to safer, better jobs for displaced asbestos workers. (WCxKit)
Industry lobby group the Chrysotile Institute, which takes a lead in the global promotion of asbestos exports, routinely cites ILO documents and claims they are supportive of its case for continued asbestos use.
The Chrysotile Institute’s "Safe use manual" claims it "builds on the principles of controlled-use embodied in ILO Convention 162, Safety in the Use of Asbestos." The Institute also claims on its Website to have organized training courses "in cooperation" with the ILO "intended to promote the controlled use of chrysotile." And a March 2010 Chrysotile Institute news release headed “Partners in Favour of Chrysotile Fibre” and criticizing those calling for a global asbestos ban said its case was supported by "documents from the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization among others." (WCxKit)