Controversy surrounds respirator used for protection against asbestos

January 21, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

By Jill Krop, Gil Shochat and Francesca Fionda Michael Leslie worked in a moulded fibreglass factory in the late 1960s and 70s. The 8710, a disposable respirator made by 3M, was approved for use against deadly dusts, including silica, coal and asbestos. 3M advertised it would help protect workers from […]

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Danger Undersold

January 17, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

By Jesse Todd The story, City investigates asbestos at Cosmo Civic Centre (SP, Jan. 14), dealt with the release of asbestos at the civic facility. Our organization believes further clarification is required to provide a better understanding of the seriousness of the incident and the need for a more detailed […]

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January 13, 2015  |  Filed under Uncategorized

January 13, 2015 The City of Saskatoon is taking precautions after trace amounts of loose asbestos containing material were discovered on the mechanical room floor at the Cosmo Civic Centre. The heating and cooling systems in the restricted access mechanical room had been under renovation starting in May 2014. On […]

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Sudbury jail workers, inmates may have been exposed to asbestos

January 7, 2015  |  Filed under Articles

Unclear how many workers or inmates were exposed to airborne fibres over 2-day period CBC News        Posted: Dec 23, 2014 3:58 PM ET The union that represents workers at the Sudbury jail says some employees have likely been exposed to asbestos. The Ministry of Correctional Services confirms […]

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Asbestos revealed as Canada’s top cause of workplace death

December 16, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

By Tavia Grant The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Dec. 15 2014 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, new national data obtained by The Globe and […]

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Brazil’s Asbestos Industry: The Human Cost

December 4, 2014  |  Filed under Uncategorized

Interesting parallels to the asbestos situation in Brazil and what we face in Canada.  This video depicts the strong will of industry and their willingness to use their deep pockets to keep the asbestos industry alive despite the toll it is taking on Brazilian workers.  

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December 3, 2014  |  Filed under Uncategorized

BY HARRY DE QUETTEVILLE One person who has never been able to pinpoint his exposure to asbestos is Graham Abbott, a GP. Like Andrew Lawson, Abbott, 50, suspects that he was exposed to asbestos while working in hospitals. “I have worked at a hospital where positive asbestos claims have been […]

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December 1, 2014  |  Filed under Uncategorized

BY HARRY DE QUETTEVILLE It’s been illegal for decades, but asbestos is everywhere, embedded in our homes, schools, offices and shops. It’s now killing more people in Britain than anywhere else in the world. Andrew Lawson was the kind of man whose force of personality could shake things up, even […]

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The case against asbestos: Accidental exposure is entirely preventable

July 22, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

Some 60 years ago, lumps of wet, grey material were given to students in art classes to shape and mould into art to proudly display at home. It was especially good for objets d’art such as candle holders, since the substance was famous for stopping the spread of flames. That […]

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Pipes with asbestos still used in new buildings

June 27, 2014  |  Filed under Articles

Pipes containing asbestos are being installed in new condominiums, hospitals and high-rises in Canada, despite widespread health concerns that have led many countries to ban its use. The new installations come as cities across the country are spending millions of dollars to manage and remove asbestos materials from public buildings […]

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