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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(12), 1457;

Banning Asbestos in New Zealand, 1936–2016, an 80-Year Long Saga

Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Respiratory Physician, Hawke’s Bay, Hastings 4120, New Zealand
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Received: 25 October 2017 / Revised: 21 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 25 November 2017
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The banning by the New Zealand Government of the import and export of asbestos-containing products resulted from the interplay of a number of factors. At a personal level, there were the actions of the asbestos sufferers, their families and support groups. At the political level, there were the activities of progressive trade union groups representing the hazardous trades, such as labourers, construction workers and demolition workers, and at a Government level, there was a positive response to these public health pressures. The Prohibition Order 2016 concerning Imports and Exports (asbestos-containing products) was the outcome of this 80-year long saga. View Full-Text
Keywords: asbestos; banning; New Zealand asbestos; banning; New Zealand
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Glass, W.I.; Armstrong, R.; Chen, G. Banning Asbestos in New Zealand, 1936–2016, an 80-Year Long Saga. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1457.

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