Issue Date: Feb 28, 2001
The Chilean government has banned the use of asbestos in the construction and transportation sectors. This has been done in view of the adverse effects of asbestos on health. "Production, importation, distribution and sale of construction materials containing any type of asbestos is illegal," stated officials of the country's health ministry. However, asbestos can be used for other applications.
In 2000, the country's housing and urban development ministry had stopped using asbestos products in its housing projects.