Georgia To Mark Asbestos
08 December, 2011
Georgia To Mark Asbestos

To control infesting import of cancerogenic asbestos-containing product Georgia should start by marking labels of the questioned product.   

Asbestos-containing goods and product prohibited in the developed world for its high carcinogenic effect is completely uncontrolled in Georgia. To protect Georgian consumers and increase their awareness of what kind of product they consume, the Union of Oil and Oil Product Importers and Consumers of Georgia (UOOPC) in cooperation with Scientific Medical Research Institute of Labor, Medicine and Ecology raised the issue

of marking the dangerous product-containing car parts and other materials used on construction site in big volumes in Georgia.

According to the data of World Health Organization (WHO) 125 million people are exposed to dangerous asbestos effect globe over and over 100 thousand people die each year due to diseases induced by asbestos, which makes more than 50% of job-induced-death statistics. The US and west EU disbursed about USD 280 million of compensations to asbestos-affected people.

Moreover, thousand lives may be taken by asbestos consumption in environment and everyday contact. Yet, despite asbestos has not been produced for the last 20 years in Georgia the country may suffer by large quantities of asbestos-containing import making roughly 100 tons per year only through car breaks infesting from China mainly, however significant part comes from Russia and Ukraine that still produce asbestos unlike the US and EU countries prohibiting asbestos production for more than 20 years already.

The risk group of asbestos-containing product includes car breaks, construction materials used for isolation, hermeticity, roofing, fire-and-acid-proof materials used in electricity, paper  production etc. In a word people face asbestos almost in everyday being while no security conditions are insured, and no official control is imposed on asbestos remnants’ safe allocation and utilization.

According to Vano Mtvralashvili, Head of the UOOPC, asbestos-containing car breaks are very dangerous as they affect both drivers and passengers. Moreover, the dust released during attrition lay in the ground and jeopardizes pedestrians’ health.

Initiators of the asbestos issue sent an open letter to the president of Georgia and chairperson of parliament with the request to prohibit asbestos import completely, also draft an informative document of national profile depicting situation in the country form asbestos consumption point of view, outline risk groups and diseases induced by asbestos.

However to address the asbestos problem initiators require to start by marking the asbestos import in order to enable consumer to choose.

“The point is the asbestos-containing car breaks are cheap about GEL1.65-2 while the asbestos-free breaks price start from GEL 20 and range to GEL 80-90. However exploitation period of asbestos-free breaks is 60-70 thousand kilometers while asbestos-containing ones expire after passing maximum 5-7 kilometers. Consumer has a right to know the difference from both technical and health-related risks points of view [asbestos is ranked among first category of cancerogenic substances] and opt between them. Therefore we’d be recommending marking the dangerous product as soon as possible,” Mtvralashvili told Georgian Journal.

However the issue is scarcely supposed to be solved through consumers’ choice as far as poor Georgian consumer is oriented on price rather than on quality. The issue cannot be settled without state regulation and official restrictions, sector pundits say. The WHO recommendations to all states are to create national strategies envisaging protection of consumers’ rights.

Other Stories
Anaklia Port and its importance for Georgia
In 2016, Anaklia Development Consortium was authorized to launch the construction of Anaklia Port.
Cryptocurrency mining threatens electrical network in Abkhazia
In the breakaway region of Akbhazia rampant cryptocurrency mining is threatening the shaky electrical network, reports an article of the news portal EuroNet.
Caucasus Wine University to be opened in Gurjaani
In the Kakheti region a new viticulture campus of the Caucasus University is in the process of planning.
Photos describing life of the poorest in Georgia
Fight with poverty should be among top priorities of every government in every country.
Training farmers to rescue the organic hazelnut production in Georgia
Even drizzling rain and unpleasant gusts of wind can’t prevent the farmers from coming and participating in the agricultural training.
Bleak times for organic farmers in Georgia – but there is hope
Organic hazelnut production is a delicate plant in Georgia that has emerged just a couple of years ago. Various pests, among them the Asian stink bug Parosana, trouble hazelnut farmers and menace their livelihood – even before their businesses could really take off.
Hybrid car imports are going through the roof in Georgia
Thanks to their fuel economy, the popularity of hybrid cars is increasing in Georgia, where fuel affordability is low and prices for fuel are unstable.
The New Year offer from MAQRO Construction - Apartments with unbelievable discounts and the parking spaces for FREE!
Location, green yard, spaces for various needs, experience of the construction company and parking space are the main important criteria for potential buyers of apartments.
Interview with the co-founder of Kiwi Vegan Café – the first vegan place in Tbilisi
Behind the Kiwi Vegan Café stands a group of activists who wants to raise Georgian’s awareness for animal rights and welfare.
Biblusi opens first shop for tourists - Georgian
The largest book shop in Georgia Biblusi opens the first shop specially designated to the needs and interests of tourists and named it Georgian.
Georgia improves by five ranks in the Prosperity Index
In the overall Prosperity Index rankings, Georgia has climbed by 5 positions from 85 to 80 when compared to last year. As such, Georgia is the best performing country in the CIS zone.
The future is bright for electric cars in Georgia
The numerous hybrid cars in the streets of Tbilisi cannot be overlooked. Entrepreneur Sulkhan Gvalia calls them “pagers”, referring to the predecessor of mobile phones.
Georgia’s fight against the big tiny enemy – Asian Parosana
It’s a tiny creature, but the harm it did to the Georgian agriculture sector was and still is immense.
New cable route: from Kobi to Gudauri in 15 minutes
On the 15th of December, cable transport is scheduled to be opened connecting Kobi and Gudauri.
Tourist boom in Gudauri – majority of hotels are booked by foreigners
Gudauri is among the most popular winter resorts in Georgia.
Medical tourism increases in Georgia
In the last 9 months, Georgia was visited by 19 500 foreigners for medical and recovery purposes.
Doing business in Georgia has become easier than in America
According to the Doing Business 2019 report published by the World Bank, Georgia ranked 6th among 190 countries in terms of simplicity of doing business. This was an improvement over two ranks compared to last year.
Problems that foreigners frequently face in Georgia
The importance of Georgia as a tourism hub is growing year after year.
Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower – Better than the Eiffel Tower?
It is planned to renovate the Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower, one of the landmarks in the capital.
Georgian Fusion Menu by The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi
5,895,914 international visitors have visited Georgia between January and August of 2018. Compared to the previous year the number has increased by 12.2 per cent.
Advertising of gambling and lucrative games may become banned in Georgia
Advertising of gambling and lucrative games may become banned in Georgia. Those who violate the new rule would be fined GEL 10 000.
Lebanese café-lounge Beirut opens in Tbilisi
What is necessary to organize an unforgettable event? – Fun, emotions, lots of surprises, good music and delicious menu.
Georgia second among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe
Georgia is among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. The data is published by the UN World Tourism Organization.
Bitmain launches world digital mining summit in Tbilisi, Georgia
Bitmain CEO Jihan Wu and Roger Ver, CEO of Head Speaker List featuring Circle, and Genesis Mining when Digital Mining Leaders Convene In Tbilisi on September 21-23
TBC Bank and Gazelle Finance have teamed-up to support Medical City, a leading healthcare provider in the western region of Georgia to launch the Western Regional Center Of Modern Medical Technologies.

Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
Recently Toyota rolled out Global Campaign under this slogan that reflects the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit of Encouragement,
A couple from Switzerland combines Swiss tradition and technology with Georgian products. Their cheese is made in the Georgian mountains and sold in local stores and hotels.
It has been more than five years since the residents of Lilo village, near Tbilisi, cannot open their windows.
63 000 GEL was received by the Georgian Agro Export Group which is just a small part of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural development.
Georgian entrepreneur Guka Tavberidze, who runs his own business in the UK and does it quite well, has been invited by BBC
The grand opening of 7-star The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place in Georgia’s capital on July 31.
DUSHETI, Georgia – The Georgian government and the World Bank will allocate USD 5.6 million (12 million GEL) to fund
A new Georgian clothing brand named Person has emerged in Georgian market.
Georgia is in the midst of an economic maelstrom, Euronews reports.
Situation at Georgia’s mineral water market is interesting: over the last year, the volume of export has grown by 56 percent. According to “GeoStat”, over $114 million worth of mineral water was sold
GEL Exchange
January 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31