No, but were I to find myself in such a job, I would expect answers -- and change -- from my government. I would assume that regardless of the language of the label, that my government should reasonably know what's in those bags, and take proper precautions if it's hazardous.
Isn't that how it works?
There is an active and influential Asbestos Disinformation Campaign in India. (2001)
Few studies of asbestos exposed victims have been undertaken and there is no central registry for mesothelioma. Lack of such data makes things difficult for those fighting the disinformation campaign of asbestos lobby. The enforcement departments including those of labour and mines, lack the expertise to measure airborne concentration of asbestos accurately. Besides, industry is close to policy makers, which further makes life difficult for those working towards achieving a ban on asbestos.
An Asbestos Information Centre has been active in India and is located in Delhi. In past, it has held meetings and conferences where pro industry scientists were invited who underplayed the risks created by Chrysotile asbestos. In one of the conferences, International Labour Office was a co-sponsor.
There are several constraints in implementing the strict surveillance for asbestos exposed workers. Large number of small scale units spread far and wide in the country with scant resources and lack of will to implement health and safety measures at work, makes protection of workers difficult. Moreover, the construction workers remain unsupervised. The IAOH is an influential organization but remains dominated by pro industry physicians who are opposed to criticizing industry for its poor record.
Academic base of occupational medicine is weak. It was expected that physicians working in academic departments are outside the influence of industry and can take a strong position against asbestos lobby. Even trade unions have not raised the issue of asbestos enthusiastically.
The picture in India with regard to asbestos use and exposure remains grim and alarming. Asbestos exposure is causing a "Disaster in Slow Motion" but is not visible as no records are maintained, and enforcement remains on paper.
It is not difficult to imagine the outcome of such a scenario. In the final analysis, asbestos exposure will claim many times more lives than the Methyl Isocynate exposure in Bhopal in 1984 did. Due to the lack of will of stakeholders, it is only an international effort that can force the asbestos lobby to mend its ways and to generate a sustained pressure on the government to ban asbestos use in India as has been done by many countries.
(I doubt the situation has improved since 2001 - according to what I heard Pat Martin say several times on CBC, it's as bad as ever)
Canada has been for decades taking advantage of the fact that the asbestos industry is virtually impossible to ban in India because the industry is so close to policy makers there. We should be ashamed.