BWI and EFBWW support Ukrainian unions’ ban asbestos campaign
On 23 of April, the Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) joined PROFBUD in writing a letter to the Ukrainian parliament expressing their full support to a new measure that aims to ban the use of asbestos at workplaces.
The said letter , which was addressed to Verkhovna Rada, head of the Ukrainian parliament and Chair of the Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance, the trade unions welcomed the filing of Draft Law 4141 which seeks to ban the use of the chrysotile asbestos at workplaces.
BWI and EFBWW said that the proposed measure is an important first step towards eradicating asbestos as a workplace hazard, which they said has taken the lives of many workers.
PROFBUD said that the measure is a significant breakthrough to their campaign to ban asbestos. It said that asbestos is still being used in Ukraine for the production of cement-building products, directly exposing workers in the construction sector.
“In Ukraine, we are aware of the harm that asbestos materials can bring to workers’ health. The situation is aggravated by employers who do not follow occupational health and safety protocols and deprive their workers of appropriate PPE. The workers’ continuous exposure to asbestos is potentially lethal,” PROFBUD President Vasyl Andreyev said.
“We thank BWI and EFBWW for their support to our campaign, which we believe will greatly contribute to the passage of the law,” Andreyev concluded.