It’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 firstname.lastname@example.org.