Asbestos dust is harmful to workers
Sugiyo Furuya, Secretary General of Anti-Asbestos in Japan and Asia, said Asia is one continent that consumes substantial asbestos in the world.
"Inhalation of asbestos dust constantly will cause serious disease in respiratory distress due to the contamination of air and asbestos fibers in concentrations high enough," he said, on the sidelines of the Declaration on the Prohibition of Use of Asbestos Network Indonesia, yesterday.
Of these, only a small proportion of workers in Japan who receive compensation from the company. While they are not compensated, there are more.
In Indonesia, he said, until now there has been found in cases of worker deaths caused by this asbestos dust.
However, it is possible, it could happen considering that Indonesia is one country with a considerable industrial area and the frequent use of asbestos as insulation material and construction.
In addition, Indonesia is also estimated to have consumed Asbestos since 1959. A total of 60,000 tons of products containing asbestos are used per year.
He expects the Indonesian workers to be more active in voicing their rights, especially the problem of the use of products known as mineral water, which affects their health.
According to him, it's important for them to emphasize the health problems caused by the use of hazardous materials. "Workers are entitled to sue the company if the government and harmed the health standpoint," he said.
Therefore, it is currently heavily anti-asbestos movement by opening a network in various countries in Asia, including Indonesia to support the ban on asbestos use.
Sugiyo said, by opening the anti-asbestos networks in Indonesia is the first step of prevention of the dangers of asbestos to humans, especially the people of Indonesia.
It also criticized the international trade that legalizing the trade of asbestos to developing countries like Indonesia.
He said there were already 10 organizations in Indonesia to support anti-asbestos movement is. They consist of various organizations such as trade unions, union Health and Safety (K3), and NGOs.