Asbestos is banned in most industrialized countries. Yet it is still the biggest occupational killer worldwid. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates asbestos causes 100,000 deaths globally every year.

We work with partners to highlight the dangers of asbestos and work towards a worldwide ban on asbestos and the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos in the Annex III list of prior informed consent of the Rotterdam Convention. To promote the full and effective implementation of the Rotterdam Convention, WECF is a member of the ROCA (Rotterdam Convention Alliance) an Alliance of Environmental, Labour and Health organizations around the world. For the COP 7 of the Rotterdam Convention which took place in May 2015 in Geneva, ROCA published a Position Paper and a paper on FAQs on Chrysotile and the Rotterdam Convention to call on all Parties to the Convention to contribute to ROCA’s envision of a world in which global health and environmental problems caused by harmful chemicals are mitigated by prior, informed consent.