The processing [and use of] asbestos in Ukraine is a primary hazard to the health of its citizens.

Without going into details, we note that the most common types of this mineral encountered – the amphiboles crocidolite and amosite, and chrysotile [an asbestiform serpentine] – are definitely carcinogenic. They are classed as carcinogens of the first degree – those most harmful to the human body. The first type of asbestos is generally forbidden for use in EU countries [banned in the late 1900s], but today [since 2000] the EU also rejects the second type [chrysotile], using environmentally-friendly asbestos substitutes in the automotive and paper industry, as well as in pipe manufacturing and construction. Read More