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					Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group,
RG Bomont Bldg R3T11, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland Tel: 01786-466283
Fax: 01786-466344 e-mail: aew1@stir.ac.uk

2nd February 2011

Luc Meunier,
Président du conseil d'administration et chef de la direction,
Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec,
C P 6056, Succursale Centre-ville,
Montréal PQ H3C 4E1,
Canada

Fax: (514) 906-3062           email:

Dear Monsieur Meunier,
We understand that this week, members of the Quebec Occupational Health and
Safety Commission will attend an economic mission from Canada to India to
promote the ‘safe use’ of asbestos. We would ask you to reconsider that decision in
facilitating an expansion of asbestos use because supporting such an expansion
appears wholly inconsistent with the function of any health and safety agency.

We concur with the opinion of international agencies such as IARC, the WHO, the US
National Toxicology Program, and the Collegium Ramazzini as well all the directors
of public health from Quebec’s 18 health and social regions that chrysotile and all
forms of asbestos are proven carcinogens to humans and we consider that no safe
use of any form of asbestos is possible and without considerable health risks.

As occupational health and safety specialists and researchers from around the world,
we therefore respectfully ask that your Commission withdraws from the mission to
promote a dangerous material the use of which will result in totally avoidable and
preventable occupational diseases and deaths .

Yours sincerely

Marie-Ange Andre-Lesage, Health and Safety engineer, Paris, France

Isabelle Badinier, MD, expert in occupational medicine, Montreuil, France

Richard Clapp ScD MPH, Work Environment, University of Massachsuetts,Lowell,
USA
Emilie Counil, PhD, Assistant Professor in epidemiology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en
Santé Publique (EHESP) & Research group on occupational cancer (GISCOP93,
Université Paris 13), Paris, France

Arthur Frank MD, PhD, Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health,
Philadelphia, PA,USA

Michel Héry, Health and Safety researcher, Nancy, INRS, France

James Huff PhD, Associate Director for Chemical Carcinogenesis,National
 Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina, USA

Joseph LaDou MS, MD, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine,
University of California , School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, USA

Professor Rory O’Neill, Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group,
University of Stirling, Scotland

Colin L. Soskolne PhD, Professor (Epidemiology) Department of Public Health
Sciences, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2T4

Jean-Michel Sterdyniak, MD, expert in occupational medicine, Saint-Ouen, France

Daniel Thau Teitelbaum MD ,Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental
Health, Colorado School of Public Health, USA

Benedetto Terracini MD, sometime Professor of Biostatistics, University of Torino,
Italy

Andrew Watterson PhD CFIOSH CSHP, Professor and Head of Occupational and
Environmental Health Research Group, University of Stirling, Scotland

				
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