All asbestos causes cancer, but no ban unless evidence found in Thailand special committee appointed 2 years ago decides.
Protective suits used to protect workers from breathing dangerous cancer-causing asbestos particles while removing asbestos from buildings (Source: Wikipedia)
Asbestos variant safe, govt claims
A Public Health Ministry committee on Monday said it could find no solid evidence that chrysotile a common form of asbestos was harmful to human health.
The finding contradicts an international body of scientific evidence linking exposure to the mineral with various forms of cancer and pleural abnormalities.
The cabinet ordered the ministry to investigate the health impacts of chrysotile in 2011 after the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) proposed the substance be banned in Thailand.
Deputy permanent secretary Charnwit Tharathep, who led the study yesterday said his committee had found insufficient evidence to suggest exposure to chrysotile posed health risks.
Chrysotile is commonly used in brake linings clutch systems and heat-resistant household appliances such as toasters irons and ovens
"We can't amend the law [to ban chrysotile] without pointing to clear evidence [of negative health impacts] in Thailand," he said.
"We will certainly ban chrysotile if we can find solid evidence of the substance' s impacts on people's health."
The committee will report its findings to the cabinet next month.
The World Health Organisation's website states that "all types" of asbestos can cause lung cancer mesothelioma cancer of the larynx and ovaries, and asbestosis.
About 50 countries have banned all types of asbestos
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abnormal: not usual or typical - ผิดปกติ ไม่ธรรมดา
abnormality: things that are not normal, not the way they should be, deviant - ผิดปกติ, ผิดธรรมดา, ผิดวิสัย, ผิดแปลก, แปลก
amend: to make changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. especially in order to improve it - การแก้ไขกฎหมาย
appliance: a machine or piece of equipment that you have in your home, for example a washing machine or refrigerator - เครื่องใช้
asbestos: a mineral used in such things as roofing, brake liners and insulation that is also a major health risk, inhaling asbestos fibers for a long time can cause serious illnesses such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis: "the EU has banned all use of asbestos and extraction, manufacture and processing of asbestos products. Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders .... because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement (resulting in fiber cement) or woven into fabric or mats" (Source: Wikipedia) - แร่ใยหิน, ใยหิน
banned: officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ
body of evidence: collection of evidence, things that show that something is true -
brake lining: the lining on the brake shoes that comes in contact with the brake drum - ผ้าเบรก
cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
cancer: a serious disease in which growths of cells, also called cancers, form in the body and kill normal body cells. The disease often causes death - มะเร็ง
chrysotile: the most common form of asbestos used in building materials: "used more than any other type of asbestos and accounts for about 95% of the asbestos found in buildings in America. ... Its most common use has been in corrugated asbestos cement roof sheets typically used for outbuildings, warehouses and garages. It may also be found in sheets or panels used for ceilings and sometimes for walls and floors. Chrysotile has been a component in joint compound and some plasters. Numerous other items have been made containing chrysotile, including brake linings, fire barriers in fuseboxes, pipe insulation, floor tiles, and rope seals for boilers (Source: Wikipedia) -
claim: saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
clear: easy to see and understand - ชัดเจน
clutch: the pedal in front of the driver in a car that is pressed to change the gear of the car - คลัตช์ (รถยนต์), เครื่องเกาะเพลาในรถยนต์
committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
common: ordinary; not unusual or special - ที่เกิดขึ้นทุกวัน, ธรรมดา
commonly: ordinarily, generally - อย่างธรรมดา
contradict: to say that the opposite of what someone has said is true - ขัดแย้ง
evidence: facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true - หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
exposure: the state of being put into a situation in which something harmful or dangerous might affect you - การสัมผัส, การเปิดรับ
finding: results, what people "find" or discover by doing some research or activity - ผลของการสืบค้น, ผลของการค้นหา
harmful: causing damage or injury to somebody/something, especially to a person's health or to the environment - เป็นอันตราย,เป็นภัย
household: a group of people, often a family, who live together - ครัวเรือน
impact: an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ
insufficient: not enough - ไม่เพียงพอ
international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ
investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
iron: a device with a flat hot metal base that when passed over clothes makes them smooth - เตารีด
larynx: voice box - กล่องเสียง
link: to connect - เชื่อม
mesothelioma: an aggressive and incurable tumour that is difficult to detect and diagnose caused by asbestos that arises in the lining of the abdominal cavity (Source: Wikipedia) - เมโซเธลิโอมา
mineral: a valuable or useful chemical substance which is formed naturally in the ground - แร่
ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB): NESDB (National Economic and Social Development Board or "Sa-pa-pat") - Thai government planning agency for economic development, creates five year plans with an agenda of: 1. Alleviation of Poverty and Income Distribution problems, 2. Enhancing Thailand’s Competitiveness, 3. Promoting Social Capital Development, 4. Promoting Sustainable Development (Source: Wikipedia) - สำนักงานคณะกรรมการพัฒนาการเศรษฐกิจและสังคมแห่งชาติ
negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ
ovary: the organ in the body of a woman that produces eggs and sex hormones - รังไข่, รังไข่ของสตรี
oven: the part of a cooker/stove shaped like a box with a door on the front, in which food is cooked or heated - เตาอบ
pleural: related to the lungs and to the "pleura", a thin wet tissue that surrounds and covers the lungs lining for the chest cavity - เยื่อหุ้มปอด
pose a risk: to be a possible danger - กระทำการซึ่งอาจก่อให้เกิดอันตรายต่อ
public health: the health of all the people in a country, city or community and their health issues; also the name of a government department - การสาธารณสุข
resistant: not harmed or affected by something -
solid: completely good, with no mistakes or bad parts - ซึ่งไว้ใจได้
study: A setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind to books, arts, or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge. - งานวิจัย
substance: a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas - สาร
suggest: to show that something is possibly true - ชวนคิด
toaster: an electric device for making warm, crisp and brown bread - เครื่องปิ้งขนมปัง
variant: a thing that is a slightly different form or type of something else - สิ่งที่ผันแปร, สิ่งที่แตกต่างกัน
various: several different - หลากหลาย, ซึ่งแตกต่างกัน
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