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Canadian Imports Of Asbestos Have Doubled Since Mining Ban

Caution asbestos signCanada recognizes that asbestos is a killer. And not just any killer, mind you – it has been statistically proven that asbestos is Canada’s number one workplace killer and a known cause of mesothelioma. It takes the lives of over 2,000 Canadians each and every year. So, as a result, the nation has rightfully banned its production. But, we continue to import it at alarmingly growing rates. How does that make any sense?

As Doug Schimdt reports in the Windsor Star this past Monday, “asbestos imports nearly doubled in value between 2011 and 2015, to $8.2 million last year. Meanwhile, the numbers and cases of deaths attributed to mesothelioma — an aggressive form of cancer caused primarily by workplace asbestos exposure — has been on the rise, according to figures released this year by Statistics Canada.”

Evidently, the mining ban that was put in place five years ago has not been enough to reduce the health hazards that asbestos brings upon our population. Banning the production of asbestos in Canada, but continuing to import it, is no different than instilling a household rule that no family member is allowed to smoke – but guests are allowed to whenever they come over. How does that improve anyone’s health?

Well, the answer is simple: it doesn’t. And as Jo-Anne MacMillan pointed out at a news conference in Windsor, Ontario on Monday, it makes no sense to import a “horrific material” that is guilty of killing people. As Schmidt explains, MacMillan has lost three family members to asbestos-caused mesothelioma, including her brother Tom Dunn, who was only 35 years-old when he passed away in 1981.

Sadly, her other brother Paul and sister Rose-Marie, would suffer the same fates in 2005. They were 58 and 70 years of age respectfully. In May of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made what appeared to be a promise to ban asbestos from Canada completely. We have been covering this incredibly important topic in many of our blogs ever since. Still, we await word on this comprehensive nationwide ban.

If you’re wondering why Canada would even think of importing such a deadly substance, Windsor & District Labour Council president, Brian Hogan can shed some light on the reason. “It’s cheaper,” he states simply in Schmidt’s article, noting that there are safer alternative products that are made in Canada. The asbestos-laden products that are still imported include brake pads, pipes, pipe fittings, tiles, paper products and even clothing and footwear.

Dr. Deborah Hellyer, who is a Windsor-based occupational health physician and lung disease specialist, remarks that asbestos is such a potent killer because of its presence in so many of Canada’s workplaces. Used in the construction of hospitals, libraries, factories and schools, workers in such places have been regularly coming into contact with asbestos for years. “Especially when disturbed — for example when it’s removed or cut — even minute amounts, once inhaled, can lead to potentially fatal disease years or even decades later,” she tells Schmidt.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we completely agree that asbestos should be completely banned in Canada. And because the hazardous material causes deadly diseases, we believe in testing for asbestos in homes and workplaces. Contact us to learn more about our Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services which include several asbestos testing procedures. To learn more, give us a call at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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CLC Continues To Campaign For Nationwide Asbestos Ban

target asbestos concept illustration design over a white backgroundThe Canadian Labour Congress has made it no secret that they are vehemently opposed to the use, production, import or export of asbestos in Canada. They have long called for a comprehensive ban of the deadly substance, labelling it the most deadly cause of work-related death in Canada. Taking over 2,000 Canadian lives a year, asbestos is a substance that can no longer be tolerated as a viable commodity in our country.

The CLC’s campaign for a nationwide ban of asbestos has picked up steam ever since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that the federal government was moving towards a ban this past spring. To date, there has still been no official word on an official date when Canadians can safely say that they have been freed from the dangers of asbestos forever. As a result, the CLC continues to champion their cause. And it has received a lot of support.

As reported by CTV News last week, many Canadians are coming out with their often-tragic stories about being affected by asbestos exposure. Donnie Taylor, a retired shipbuilder, is one such Canadian. At a recent press conference in Halifax, Taylor shared his experiences with working in asbestos for 32 years, not knowing he was being exposed to health hazards throughout his work tenure.

“Every ship before the Second World War, was all asbestos, that was the miracle material,” he recalled, “Between new construction and repair work, you were in it every day, every day, there was no getting away from it.” Medardo Azocar is another Canadian who has suffered because of asbestos exposure. Immigrating from Chile to Edmonton in 1975, Azocar worked in a machine shop where we was exposed to asbestos for years.

As reported by Ameya Charnalia for Metro News, Azocar’s daughter Sandra was recently featured in a new CLC video calling for Canada’s official nationwide ban of asbestos. “My father was placed in a concentration camp for being in a union after the 1973 military coup in Chile,” she is quoted as saying, “You come from that and you try and look for a safer place to live in, and yet 20 years later – or however long it was – you get diagnosed with something that could’ve been prevented.”

According to the CLC, a comprehensive ban of asbestos is absolutely necessary because, for some reason, Canada continues to import such products as brake pads for automobiles, which still contain asbestos. Canada has stopped exporting the material, but for so many people who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, this isn’t good enough. Azocar is insistent that asbestos be “actually banned, from either import or export.”

Hassan Yussuff, is the president of the CLC. He is adamant that without a nationwide ban of asbestos, Canadians will continue to suffer the unnecessary consequences. “For every day we delay bringing in a comprehensive ban, there are so many workers who are exposed to asbestos-made products in our country, and we know that if they are exposed it to it without proper protection, it’s likely to do harm to their health,” Charnalia quotes him as saying.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we are just as adamant that asbestos needs to be completely banned in Canada. Because we are well aware that the material causes life-threatening illnesses, we believe that testing for asbestos is absolutely necessary. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services. They include a number of asbestos testing procedures such as an onsite assessment and sampling and analysis of materials collected from various parts of your home or office.

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4 Scary Statistics About Asbestos In Canada

asbestos, red stamp on a grunge paper textureFor the past several months, the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. Blog has kept a close eye on the asbestos situation in Canada. And by “situation”, we’re referring to the fact that, in May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government was “moving forward on a ban” of the deadly material. To date, there has been no confirmation as to when the nationwide ban on asbestos will take place.

We, along with the rest of Canada, continue to wonder exactly what is taking so long. As Tavia Grant reported in The Globe and Mail yesterday, the government is still “examining” a ban, but is providing few details as to why it hasn’t yet been implemented. Gabriel Miller is the director of public issues at the Canadian Cancer Society. “Our position, and the evidence, is as clear as it can be: that asbestos is a carcinogen that is a major cause of cancer, including lung cancers, that kill many Canadians,” he is quoted as saying.

Asbestos is a killer. The statistics make it clear. Grant, in fact, provides several scary ones. Here are four:

1. It is estimated that there are 2,331 newly diagnosed cancers caused by asbestos exposure in Canada each year. This stat, based on 2011 cases studied by the Institute for Work and Health, underlines the fact that far too many Canadians have been exposed to asbestos fibres while on the job. The majority (90 percent) of lung cancer and mesothelioma cases brought on by asbestos exposure impact men.

2. More than a third of workplace-related deaths in Canada are caused by mesothelioma. This startling statistic comes courtesy of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Over the past decade, reports Grant, 34.5 percent of all fatality claims filed involve the asbestos-induced cancer. Between the years 2006 and 2015, mesothelioma became “the most common occupational disease” in our country.

3. Inexplicably, Canada continues to import millions of dollars worth of asbestos every year. According to Statistics Canada, in the first eight months of 2016, our nation imported a whopping $4.3 million in imports of asbestos and asbestos-containing products. Meanwhile, the Institute for Work and Health notes that asbestos-related cancers cost Canadians an estimated $1.7 billion per year to fight.

4. There are 716 federal buildings with known presences of asbestos. There are 2,186 properties listed in Public Services and Procurement Canada’s new national asbestos inventory. This statistic shows that approximately one-third of them are unsafe for Canadians to work in. It’s no wonder that mesothelioma cases are dramatically increasing each year. According to Statscan, there were 467 deaths related to the disease in 2012 – a 60 percent increase from 2000.

“This year and every year, 150,000 Canadian workers will be exposed to asbestos, and thousands will be diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers in years to come,” vented Howard Elliot in The Hamilton Spectator yesterday, “We don’t need more study and review. We need national leadership to ban asbestos. Period.” We second that, here at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd.

We are adamant that even one more Canadian to suffer a life-threatening illness because of asbestos exposure is one too many. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services. They include a number of asbestos testing procedures such as an onsite assessment and sampling and analysis of materials collected from various parts of your home or office.

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A Nationwide Ban Of Asbestos Is Imminent, Says Minister Of Health

asbestos medical warning sign illustration design over a white backgroundReaders of the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. Blog are well aware that we’ve been covering the topic of banning asbestos in Canada for quite a while now. Going as far back as May, we have been monitoring the status of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to eradicate the harmful material from our country. It’s a secret to no one that asbestos fibres are the cause of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other fatal respiratory diseases.

Meanwhile, in spite of ending its production in Canada, we continue to import products that contain asbestos. We join countless other Canadians in looking forward to the official banning of asbestos in our country once and for all. To date, there is still no word from the federal government about an exact date when this proposed ban is to take full effect. And to be perfectly honest, we can’t imagine what the holdup is.

However, earlier this week, Kathleen Ruff reported on RightOnCanada.ca, that Canadians can expect a comprehensive ban on asbestos very shortly. And to continue to be perfectly honest, “very shortly” are our words. Ruff reveals that Jane Philpott, who is Canada’s Minister of Health, has announced that an official ban of asbestos in Canada is imminent. This was confirmed in a message sent to RightOnCanada.

“I don’t have the precise date for a full announcement, but I can say that health and safety of Canadians is a priority for this Government and that we are committed to moving forward with a ban on asbestos in Canada and will announce an updated government strategy in the coming months,” Philpott wrote in her message. Kent Hehr, a Member of Parliament and Minister for Veterans Affairs, has confirmed this declaration.

In a letter to a worker who was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, Hehr writes that “the Government of Canada has committed to moving forward on a ban on asbestos. Our government is currently reviewing its strategy on asbestos, including actions that can be taken using a government-wide approach.” This approach, notes Ruff, involves Health Canada officials consulting with officials in other governments that have already banned asbestos.

The objective, it would appear, is to gain a greater understanding of the measures that have been taken to protect different populations from the asbestos that has already been placed in their buildings and infrastructure. The idea, we suppose, isn’t simply to eliminate asbestos from being imported into Canada, but also to learn of how to protect Canadians from any further harm that may be caused by the asbestos that is already here.

“Issues concerning health, occupational safety, workers compensation, building standards, waste disposal, etc. come under provincial jurisdiction in Canada,” Ruff informs, “It is thus extremely important that, in addition to banning asbestos, the federal government show leadership to initiate, along with the provincial governments, national standards and a national program to protect Canadians from asbestos harm.”

As you’re likely aware, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. fully supports a nationwide ban of asbestos. We are very much aware of its harmful effects. It’s the reason we offer Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services which include a number of asbestos testing procedures such as an onsite assessment and sampling and analysis of materials collected from various parts of your home or office.

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Mesothelioma Branded Asbestos-Caused “Death Sentence”

Female doctor carefully x-ray of patientIt’s no secret that asbestos is a killer. When its fibres become airborne and are inhaled by unsuspecting individuals who work within environments where asbestos is rampant, a death sentence has all but been written. Sadly, this has been the case for far too many Canadians. And former General Motors engineer, John Guay was one of them. As reported by Paul Forsyth on NiagaraThisWeek.com last week, Guay suffered a “gruesome death” following a battle with mesothelioma.

The fatal lung cancer, which is a known result of asbestos exposure, invaded Guay’s life after a 30 year stint at GM. While there, he worked in a boiler room breathing in asbestos fibres on a daily basis. After being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011, Guay faced a very painful battle that saw him attempt alternative therapies in order to beat the disease. His daughter, Rene recalls his immense struggles with trying to get to his appointments.

“He couldn’t manage to walk to the car because of the pain,” the health and safety advocate said through tears, “I saw it in his face: his every hope, his every dream just diminish and fade away. That was the moment that he’d just given up because the cancer was just too painful and excruciating.” Sadly, Rene’s father is not the only asbestos victim in her family. Her uncle is also battling mesothelioma.

“There have been countless family members who have washed the clothing of unsuspecting victims and who have died from this,” she is quoted as saying, “Mesothelioma is a death sentence. It can take just one fibre for you to become fatally ill 20, 30 or 40 years down the road. Just because you can’t see the fibres doesn’t mean they aren’t present: no amount of exposure to asbestos is safe.”

As you may have noticed, the DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. Blog has paid pretty close attention to the topic of asbestos in Canada over the past few months. It is of special interest because our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau proposed a nationwide ban on asbestos months ago, but has not yet followed through on officially implementing it. We, along with the rest of the country, continue to wonder what the hold-up is.

Forsyth notes that “while the last asbestos mine in Canada closed in 2012, Grawey said products containing asbestos such as brake pads, clothing and footwear, pipes, floor tiles, friction materials and paper products are still being imported into Canada.” Like many others across Canada, we are of the mind that the removal of asbestos from Canadian buildings is as important as preventing it from entering our country through other means.

Rene Guay likens the need for the asbestos ban to the imprisonment of killers. Her view is that there must be an urgency placed on decisions that prevent more people from dying. And we couldn’t agree more. This is why, at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we not only fully support a nationwide ban on asbestos, but we also seek to protect our community’s citizens from its airborne fibres through the work we do.

Our Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services offer a number of asbestos testing procedures such as an onsite assessment and sampling and analysis of materials collected from various parts of your home or office. Asbestos can be found in furnaces, electrical wiring, attics, walls, ceilings and flooring just to name a few places. For more information about our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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CLC Launches New Website To Campaign For Asbestos Ban

Concept of website under constructionHere’s hoping you enjoyed your Labour Day long weekend! Most Canadians spent it with family and friends, doing their best to make the most of the last official weekend of summer vacation. The Canadian Labour Congress decided to make the most of Labour Day by launching a new website: FairnessWorks.ca. The site is dedicated to making jobs better for everyone in Canada and has already launched a number of online videos to highlight their cause.

Of particular interest to the team, here at DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., is a video entitled “Safe Jobs: Asbestos” which speaks to Canada’s continued request to have the hazardous material banned from the country. Released this past Sunday, the video showcases a poignant tale of a father who works as a mechanic and is unknowingly exposing himself to airborne asbestos fibres. He comes home everyday to play some basketball with his daughter. That is, of course, until he is unable to come home anymore.

The video is dedicated to the memory of Clem Côté and the 2,000 Canadians who die every year from asbestos-related diseases. As we’ve reported on this blog before, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been urged to follow through on his promise to ban asbestos in Canada. To date, there has been no official passing of such a ban.

“On Thursday, July 21, 2016, former boilermaker Clem Côté passed away from mesothelioma – a deadly cancer caused by asbestos,” reads the video’s YouTube blurb, “His family, including daughter Michelle Côté, live with the possibility that they may have been exposed to asbestos second-hand. Asbestos is the leading cause of work-related death in Canada, accounting for over 2,000 deaths each year. Canadian unions are working hard to win a ban on asbestos, to make workplaces and public spaces safer for all.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we’re quite proud of the launching of FairnessWorks.ca. Naturally, we have a particular attachment to the anti-asbestos campaign as we know just how deadly the material can be. Hassan Yussuff is the president of The Canadian Labour Congress and is a former mechanic who was exposed to asbestos. As reported by The Canadian Press via CityNews yesterday, Yussuff is also very proud of the new campaign.

“We have a long, proud history of winning changes that improve workers’ lives, and this Labour Day we are celebrating and showcasing ways we are making a difference to all Canadians today,” he is quoted as saying, “Many Canadians don’t know where asbestos is in their own communities, or that imports of asbestos-containing products are on the rise, and that puts all of us at risk. Winning a full ban will mean making workplaces and public spaces safer for everyone.”

As FairnessWorks.ca explains, Public Services and Procurement Canada banned the use of asbestos in its new construction and renovation projects this past April. And in May, Prime Minister Trudeau informed workers that a ban was coming. However, he did not provide a timeline or specific plan for implementing the ban. “That’s what Canada’s unions, along with our allies in the medical, research and legal community, are working for now,” states the site.

Obviously, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. fully supports a nationwide ban on asbestos. Knowing how dangerous its airborne fibres are, we are strongly dedicated to providing Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services. They include a number of asbestos testing procedures. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Impatience Growing Over Canada’s Slow Move To Ban Asbestos

Red stamp with text Warning Asbestos,vector illustrationOver the past several months, our blog has been monitoring the ongoing news story about our federal government’s commitment to implement a nationwide ban on asbestos. The longer it takes for the ban to take effect, however, the more that there is doubt that such a ban will ever commence. It is well documented that asbestos has been the cause of death for many hard-working Canadians.

So could possibly be the hold up for a nationwide ban? In several of our blogs, we’ve noted the number of cases and high costs for medical care caused by the hazardous material. The Chronicle Journal calls the delay “shameful” and pointed out that more than 55 other countries across the world have already implemented asbestos bans. For some reason, Canada is yet to join the list of countries that recognize asbestos for what it is: a deadly, toxic material.

“The roots of our dangerous obstinacy are political,” reports The Chronicle Journal, “Successive prime ministers have defended the deadly mineral in the hopes of winning votes in rural Quebec, where asbestos mining was an important industry for more than a century. Only last summer, three years after the last of Quebec’s mines shut down amid dwindling demand, did Ottawa finally acknowledge that ‘asbestos, if inhaled, can cause cancer and other diseases.’”

Even still, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not yet called for a nationwide ban, even though he announced, months ago, that Canada was “moving to ban asbestos” because “its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide.” This came as welcome news to both health advocates and victims of asbestos-related diseases alike. Today, however, there are doubts that the ban is coming.

Just how much damage is asbestos causing Canadians? “A recent study found that in 2011 alone, nearly 2,100 Canadian workers were diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers,” reveals The Chronicle Journal, “It pegged the financial cost of such illnesses at $1.7 billion per year. One would hope that statistics like these would add some urgency to the government’s review.”

A nationwide ban may not be in effect yet, but people throughout Canada are practically implementing bans of their own. Earlier this week, Ricardo Veneza reported on BlackburnNews.com that the County of Essex, in Southern Ontario, is completely backing the call to ban asbestos in Canada. “Council approved a resolution that will see the county pressure the federal government to bring in a complete ban of the cancer-causing substance in Canada,” he writes.

Brian Hogan is the President of the Windsor and District Labour Council. “I think if enough councils, enough citizens push (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) that things will happen,” he is quoted as saying, “(It is) beyond tragic when you have so many citizens that have died — I’ve lost relatives — and you’re perpetuating it, that’s pure ignorance…Fifty-six countries now (have banned asbestos) so we’re not on the ground floor.”

It’s no secret that DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. also firmly supports a nationwide ban on asbestos. Understanding how hazardous it is to the health of Canadians, we are highly committed to offering our Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services that include asbestos testing procedures. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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3 Important Reasons To Test Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Profile of a beautiful woman relaxing lying on a couch at homeLet’s be honest. We all take the air we breathe for granted, don’t we? We know that it’s there, but we rarely ever pay attention to it. It’s safe to say that that is because we usually can’t see it or smell it. But that can actually be a problem. Just because nothing out of the ordinary is detectable, it doesn’t mean that the air we breathe is free of contaminants. Air pollution, unfortunately, is all around us.

And this is certainly true in our homes. Even for the most meticulous of “neat freaks”, poor indoor air quality is a factual concern. Everything from contaminated air from outside seeping in to pet dander to the growth of mould and mildew due to humidity can make our homes susceptible to housing air that is bad for our health. This is why an indoor air quality inspection is so important. Most often, poor indoor air quality is undetectable without one.

Here are three important reasons to test your home’s indoor air quality:

1. Undetectable gases. Not all gases have colours or odours. Carbon monoxide and radon are among them. And they often find themselves in our homes. CO, for example, is often emitted from such household items as furnaces, gas stoves, fireplaces and water heaters. “CO causes an array of symptoms — from headaches and nausea to confusion and unconsciousness,” explains Russell McLendon of Mother Nature Network.

Radon enters our homes by seeping in through cracks and other openings. It is emitted from nearby soil that contains low levels of decaying uranium. While generally harmless in the outdoor air, it can become a health hazard when concentrated. As Joseph Loiero of CBC News reports, “radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada after smoking.”

2. Volatile organic compounds. Also known as VOCs, these are the types of air pollutants that we actually invite into our homes. We may not have done so purposely, but if you’ve ever installed new carpeting, painted your furniture, hung a new shower curtain or used cleaning products, you have subjected yourself to VOCs. You’ll know because of the smells that are emitted from these items and tasks.

“Countless products in your home emit VOCs, from cleaners to paint to furniture,” explains Michael Rosone on Aristair.com, “Even through you can’t smell all of them, they’re present in most homes at least at “background” levels, and can cause short-term health symptoms including headaches and nausea. Longer term (and scarier) health effects are also possible with repeated exposure.”

3. Asbestos. Over the past few months, we have been paying particular attention to a controversy in Canada over its intention to propose a complete nationwide ban on asbestos. Although the federal government made promises to do so a few months back, we continue to await any official word on an official ban. By now, it should be needless to say that asbestos in an incredibly hazardous material.

Especially if you live in an older home, there may be asbestos in your insulation materials. When disturbed by renovations, for example, asbestos can release airborne fibres that are known to cause deadly diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. “Given the risks involved, DIY asbestos remediation is rarely a good idea,” advises McLendon, “Even taking your own samples for testing isn’t recommended.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we offer expert services to detect and inevitably do away with the causes of poor indoor air quality. Please don’t hesitate to contact us in order to learn more about our Air Quality Services, Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Services and Radon Services among many others. Give us a call at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Asbestos-Related Cancers Are Costing Canadians $1.7 Billion A Year

Concept of national healthcare system - Canada$1.7 billion. It’s a gross understatement to say that that’s a lot of money. But, indeed, it’s the whopping amount that it is costing Canadians to address asbestos-related cancers each year. As reported by Tavia Grant of The Globe and Mail, the Institute for Work & Health has conducted a study that found that an average of $818,000 per case is being spent by Canadians for health care costs stemming from lung cancer and mesothelioma due to work-related asbestos exposure.

As Tim Povtak explains on Asbestos.com, “researchers included the costs of treating mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, administration expenses, patients’ out-of-pocket costs, caregiving wages, workers’ compensation and employers’ costs to replace absent workers, among other economic burdens.” Grant informs that asbestos continues to be the top cause of occupational deaths in Canada.

Over the past couple of months, our blog has been addressing the need for Canada to implement an absolute ban on asbestos. As of yet, the federal government is yet to follow through on its plans to announce the ban. Although no longer exported, asbestos is still being imported into the country. Meanwhile, the statistics about Canadian workers being affected by asbestos in their workplaces makes clear that it is a dangerous substance.

It’s unknown what the holdup is. Grant reminds us that on May 10th of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government was “moving forward on a ban”, acknowledging that the impact the material has on working Canadians is far too hazardous to justify the benefits of using it. The new Institute for Work & Health study found a total of 2,099 diagnosed cases of mesothelioma in 2011.

Grant notes that the asbestos-related cancer is bound to continue to impact Canadians at even greater rates going forward. “The study noted that new cases are likely to grow in the near future due to long latency periods of these diseases and continued exposure,” she informs, “The key question the analysis sought to answer is what the savings to society would be if no cases of cancer attributable to occupational asbestos exposures occurred in a particular year.”

Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. “When you see the magnitude of the cost, it makes you aware there is a need to take action,” Potvak quotes him as saying, “I think you’ll also see an increase in the number of cases for a few more years because of the long latency period with asbestos cancers. We often think about how much will it cost to find substitutes [for asbestos], or how much it will cost to change production. But the cost of doing nothing is substantially higher.”

Dr. Tompa points out that the Canadian Cancer Society-funded study looked at both direct and indirect costs related to asbestos exposure in the workplace. Health care costs for mesothelioma were found to run at $46,000 per case while lung cancer costs about $28,000 a case. “Often times, the health-care costs are very low because the fatality rates are extremely high following diagnosis. Most of these people don’t survive a year,” Grant quotes Dr. Tompa as saying.

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we firmly believe in a nationwide ban on asbestos. Understanding its dangers, we are highly committed to offering the best in Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services. We recommend that you allow us to provide asbestos testing prior to your plan to perform any renovations to your home or office. This will protect you from the deadly effects of this well-known hazardous substance.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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Canadians Unhappy With Delay On Asbestos Ban

Grunge rubber stamp with text Danger Asbestos,vector illustrationOver the course of the last couple of months, we have dedicated a number of blogs to the horrifying effects of asbestos exposure in Canada. It’s no secret that the once-thought-to-be-helpful product is a major culprit for causing lung cancer and mesothelioma. The bottom line is that asbestos is a killer. Canada needs to ban it completely and it needs to be banned immediately. To be honest, we were hoping that we’d have news of a nationwide ban by now.

Last month, we blogged about the fact that Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau was moving towards passing a law to ban asbestos in Canada. As of yet, it hasn’t happened. And, as Kathleen Ruff reports in the Ottawa Citizen, this slow move to go ahead with the ban is as good as a broken pledge. “It is inexplicable that at UN meetings, the Trudeau government’s position is that it has not made up its mind whether chrysotile asbestos should be put on the Rotterdam Convention’s list of hazardous substances,” she writes.

Ruff also makes sure to highlight the fact that asbestos is the “biggest killer of Canadian workers”. So while the Trudeau government has taken steps to prohibit its use at Public Works and Government Services Canada workplaces, it has yet to pull Canada from the asbestos trade. In fact, Canada was the lone country to not list chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance at the recent Rotterdam Convention. And according to Ruff, this is having “serious consequences”.

“The Rotterdam Convention is in deep crisis and fighting for its life and Canada is the country that created this crisis,” she insists, “Countries are asking what use is the convention if a tiny handful of countries can thumb their noses at the scientific evidence and refuse to allow a substance to be listed in order to hide its hazards and profit from its sale.”

For the record, chrysotile asbestos is the most commonly used form of the hazardous substance and has often been used as insulation in roofs, ceilings, walls and floors. It was also commonly used in automobile brake linings, pipe insulation, gaskets and boiler seals. As you can imagine, it can be quite profitable to deal in chrysotile asbestos. As such, Ruff believes that Canada has outright lied about its knowledge of the product’s harmful effects.

She notes that the reasons that Canada chose not to list chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance include that it has not been proven to cause cancer and that it can be safely used. But these statements are blatantly false, Ruff affirms, noting that “Canada for decades funded and disseminated this false information overseas. It is unconscionable that Canada is regurgitating this deadly, false information now.”

Perhaps, the most glaring evidence that Canada is on the side of wrong on this issue is the fact that it’s the only country to not have listed chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance. “The most recent meeting to try to save the Convention has been taking place in Riga, Latvia from July 3 to July 5,” Ruff informs, “Now is a critical moment for Canada to end its sordid global asbestos-promoting history.”

At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we certainly support Ruff’s stance on wanting Canada to ban asbestos nationwide. Our commitment to keeping Canadians safe is one of the reasons we offer Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Services. By providing asbestos testing prior to your plan to perform renovations, you will be protecting yourself from the deadly effects of this well-known hazardous substance.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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