Such products are also banned internationally. The ban was issued based on laboratory tests conducted on samples collected by the PACP inspection teams from across Omani markets.
The campaigns were held in accordance with the decision no 245/2017 issued by PACP chairman, Dr Saeed bin Khamis al Kaabi, banning sale of goods containing asbestos. According to the decision traders must now produce a certificate to prove that the goods they sell are free of toxic substances.
Ahmed bin Harib al Balushi, director of Chemicals Department at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) said, “Asbestos is used in a number of fields and industries such as water drainage pipes and manufacture of automotive brakes.” He added, “Asbestos causes diseases such as cancer of the lungs, throat, stomach and intestines and so people should avoid inhaling even its dust.”
Ahmed bin Juma al Zadjali, head of waste management, MECA said, “Asbestos waste is considered hazardous as per international agreements and Ministerial Decision No 18/93 on hazardous waste management.”