In the midst of University of Toronto faculty and staff demanding an asbestos audit, the university has fired its longtime contractor in charge of renovations in the Medical Sciences Building, where MyMeso previously reported asbestos-tainted dust was found in five laboratories. (more…)
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At almost 50 years old, the building has undergone a major renovation, including asbestos abatement, since November 2016, and in the past two months tests have shown asbestos-containing dust in several labs, The Globe and Mail reported last week. Two labs remain closed. (more…)
The Canadian government has announced its plan to remove asbestos and asbestos-containing products from the country within the next year, according to a government press release.
In a “whole-of-government approach,” asbestos will be banned by 2018 after the introduction of new regulations eliminates its manufacture, use, import and export under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999. The group of soon-to-be-banned silicate minerals is known to be a human carcinogen and closely related to the development of the fatal mesothelioma cancer. (more…)
Canada is planning to join more than 50 countries that have already placed bans on asbestos, a heat-resistant silicate mineral linked to the development of mesothelioma, according to science, research and technology news service Phys.org.
A bill presented in the Canadian House of Commons Wednesday would completely ban the substance connected to mesothelioma, a rare cancer affecting the lining of the lungs and chest, the abdomen, and, rarely, the heart. The New Democrats, Canada’s largest union, presented the bill after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to ban asbestos five months ago. (more…)
According to documents obtained by CBS News, the Canadian government has officially banned the use of asbestos in new construction and renovation projects at buildings it operates. The policy took effect on April 1. (more…)
According to a commentary held by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, experts believe the chrysotile form of asbestos should be banned from Canada, as well as added to the hazardous substances list of a United Nations treaty. (more…)
A growing number of tradespeople in Canada are calling for a national public building registry to let workers know what hazards may exist in their government buildings such as asbestos exposure. Hugh Graham, a former House of Comments electronic technician, worked for 18 years on Parliament Hill and has recently been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. (more…)
In a shocking revelation, new data released by Canadian news source The Globe and Mail reveals that asbestos exposure is the number one cause of the most on-the-job deaths in Canada, representing nearly a third of the deaths since 1996. Last year, asbestos was responsible for more fatalities in its 368 death claims than the total amount of fatalities from fires, highway accidents and chemical exposures combined. Roughly 5,000 on-the-job death claims have been approved in Canada since 1996 due to asbestos exposure. (more…)
A video produced by WorkSafe BC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia), which is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employees of the province, provides a fascinating glimpse of how asbestos fibers affect the body. British Columbia is the westernmost Canadian province, and WorkSafe BC serves areas including Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, BC Interior and BC North.
The short video mainly illustrates asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs caused by the inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibers. However, these fibers also can cause mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that most often affects the lining of the lungs, but which also can affect the stomach and/or the heart.
According to WorkSafe BC, since the year 2000, more workers in BC have died from asbestos disease than any other workplace injury.
Watch the video!
Canada is one of the few countries that still mines and produces asbestos, which it exports to countries such as India, Indonesia and Pakistan for use in construction material. Quebec, where Canada’s two asbestos mines are located, has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world.
This week, according to a report by the Canadian HR Reporter, the Canadian Labour Congress is calling for a ban on the mining, and a financial support plan for the approximately 700 miners who would be affected by the industry closure.
The call for the ban comes despite delays in making public the results of a scientific study examining the health risks of asbestos. According to CBCNews.ca, “Michel Arsenault, president of the Quebec Federation of Labour, in February convinced his colleagues at the Canadian Labour Congress not to call for a ban on asbestos mining until after the study was completed and made public.”
The study, conducted under the direction of Health Canada, was begun last November by a team of seven scientific and medical experts. According to CBC, the report was completed in March and promised to be released in weeks. Experts who worked on the project are objecting to the delay in releasing the report.
CBC quotes Leslie Staynor, head of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, who worked on the study, as saying, “I want to make the record clear that nothing in the report would argue against the sensibility of an asbestos ban in Canada or for that matter anywhere else in the world.”
The CBC report points out that asbestos has been called a “deadly threat” by the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Association for Cancer Research and many more health agencies.