Asbestos makers lament govt’s inaction for direct dialogue
Sep 15, 2016 – The Fiber Cement Products Manufacturers Association (FCPMA) expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of government’s enthusiasm to have a proper dialogue with the industry stakeholders on its decision to control and subsequently phase out the import and use of asbestos in Sri Lanka.
Rhino Roofing Products Limited Marketing Manager Priyantha Jayasinghe yesterday said the FCPMA has tried its best to communicate with the relevant authorities requesting them for an appointment to discuss this issue.
“We even sent many request letters, but the government has not so far positively responded to any of our requests and we haven’t been invited to discuss the issue, they said.
Jayasinghe also urged the government to come up with a home-based scientific research to further investigate into the current production practices and use of the roofing sheets and research the incidents and mortality related chrysotile fiber which is used to manufacture roofing sheets before any arbitrary ban.
“If the government doesn’t have the necessary funds to carry out a research on asbestos, as entrepreneurs we are ready to even fund researchers. If not we also suggest the government to establish a regulatory body comprising government and industry officials to address key industry issues at length.”