Considering just how dangerous we’ve all come to know asbestos is, it’s pretty surprising that asbestos materials were so widely used in the construction of homes, offices and buildings up until the early 1980s. Sadly, asbestos exposure has been known to cause death. So, it goes without saying that clearing your home or workplace of any asbestos is of paramount importance. At DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd., we take this matter very seriously.
We offer Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Services as one of the most important and necessary features of our company. If your property was constructed before the 1990s and you are considering any repairs of renovations to it, it is very highly recommended that you test for asbestos. Our testing procedures involve an onsite assessment, sampling and analysis of the materials that we collect.
In both homes and working environments, there are a number of places that are important for us to check out. They include heating duct-work and furnaces, pipes, electrical wiring, attics and cinder block walls, ceilings and flooring. You see, asbestos was commonly used as insulating material. In many cases, each of the areas mentioned have asbestos materials still present. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for asbestos to be removed from your property.
Tavia Grant of The Globe And Mail couldn’t have put it any clearer. “Asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada, accounting for more than a third of total workplace death claims approved last year and nearly a third since 1996,” she writes. Based on new national data obtained by The Globe and Mail, Grant reveals that there were 368 asbestos-related death claims that took place over the past year.
What is staggering about the number is that the death toll actually exceeds the number of fatalities that came as a result of highway accidents, fires and chemical exposures combined! Quite frankly, that is a scary statistic – not one to be taken lightly. And this certainly isn’t a new trend. Grant reports that asbestos exposure has been a leading cause of death in the workplace for about two decades now.
“Since 1996, almost 5,000 approved death claims stem from asbestos exposure, making it by far the top source of workplace death in Canada,” she writes. Perhaps, even scarier than the fact that the use of asbestos in building construction has proven to be so destructive for so long, is the fact that the Canadian government seems to support its use. Grant reveals that an investigation conducted by The Globe And Mail found that the federal government is keeping mum on the dangers of asbestos.
Even low levels of asbestos exposure can lead to severe health concerns. And according to Grant, “Canada’s government does not clearly state that all forms of asbestos are known human carcinogens. (Meanwhile) dozens of other countries including Australia, Britain, Japan and Sweden have banned asbestos.” The reason, very likely, lies in all of the money that the nation made from exporting asbestos.
She reveals that “Canada was one of the world’s largest exporters of asbestos for decades, until 2011, when the last mine in Quebec closed.” At DF Technical & Consulting Ltd., we believe in an asbestos export of another variety. Let’s get it OUT of your property! For any questions about our Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email email@example.com. It will literally be a life-saving decision.