CLR Studies 7 is a book that aims to document, with a wide range of contributions written by outstanding experts, that asbestos is still carried around the globe and that there is no reason to lean back. The EU-wide ban is not the end of a hazardous story; it is one of the necessary steps to protect workers and citizens against the fatal consequences of the use of a mineral fibre that started as the eternal, global insulation champion. The ban needs to be complemented with pro-active inspection, identification and mapping of contamination. Training and qualification are decisive steps for a controlled and responsible phasing out of asbestos containing products. The fairy tale of 'safe handling' that still leads to import and use in the developing world has to stop.
Although there are several topical asbestos related incidents that could be used as an argument – an outburst of public anger after the ‘discovery’ of asbestos polluted social housing, the spectacular Turin trial against some captains of industry sentenced for knowingly exposing their workforce for decades to the killing fibre or the alarming reports of an annual death rate among teachers that are working in asbestos containing public schools – the driving thoughts behind this book are of a more pragmatic nature. The aim is to document, with a wide range of contributions written by outstanding experts, that asbestos is still carried around the globe and that there is no reason to lean back.