Production of asbestos to be banned in Sri Lanka from 2024

asbestosCabinet approval has been obtained to ban the production of asbestos from January 2024, the Government said today.

The Government said that asbestos is used for many products in Sri Lanka, including roofing sheets, floor tiles, cement pipes, brake pads of vehicles, papers, and ropes.

About 80% of asbestos imported to Sri Lanka are used for roofing sheet production.

Since 1987 importation of blue asbestos (Crocidolite) has been prohibited as it was identified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and at present all kinds of asbestos including white asbestos (Chrysotile) have been identified as carcinogens.

A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to control the use and import of asbestos from 2018 by adopting more beneficial substitutes was approved by cabinet.

Cabinet also approved a proposal to prepare an operational programme to prohibit asbestos related productions by 2024 with the view of improving the health of the public, the Government said today. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Many in Sri Lanka are in a state of denial that Asbestos causes Cancer despite overwhelming evidence world wide that it does, to the extent that there are no reported deaths linked to the use of Asbestos.
    This ban is in the best interest of the people. The ill effects will be experienced in the years ahead when the asbestos begins to deteriorate and crumble.The warnings were made soon after the 2006 Tsunamu. An aerial view of the roof tops in Colombo will highlight the extent of ageing roof tops that sit as a time bomb to burden the health system.
    There is a class action against an Asbestos manufacturer in Australia responsible for many deaths of its employees if that is any proof that asbestos kills.

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