Why is it that Canada does not consider it necessary to ban chrysotile?
The banning of chrysotile is inconsistent with all current scientific evidence. At a workshop co-sponsored by the International Commission on Occupational Safety and the International Programme on Chemical Safety, the vast majority of scientists recognized that the risk associated with exposure to chrysotile at today's standards is very low.
Because it can be used safely, Canada supports the safe use principle, which is a risk assessment/risk management approach not only for chrysotile, but for all minerals and metals. Most substances have the potential to be dangerous if misused.
Moreover, in many countries, chrysotile cement provides an inexpensive and durable products for supplying water, transporting sewage and building cost effective housing.