Federal Government Moves to Ban all Asbestos Products by 2018.
OTTAWA —The federal government is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.
The comprehensive ban is designed to include construction materials and brake pads that currently use he cancer-causing agent.
Even minute amounts of asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer or deadly mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer.
Thousands of Canadians continue to suffer from the long-term impacts of decades of heavy asbestos use. Canada closed its last asbestos mines a decade ago, but has continued to obstruct international efforts to list it as a hazardous substance.
A national asbestos inventory has been made public and while the document could create job opportunities in the construction industry, safety must be the top priority, several stakeholders stated recently.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) developed and released the online list of crown-owned and leased buildings with a known presence of asbestos Oct. 3.
In early 2016, PSPC undertook a review of the use of asbestos in PSPC facilities to address health and safety concerns and concluded that alternative materials were available for use in construction and major rehabilitation projects. Based on that, as of April 1, 2016, the use of asbestos in PSPC's new construction and major renovation projects was prohibited.
To see the national asbestos inventory, visit http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/biens-property/documents/invamiante-asbestosinv-eng.pdf.
Angela Gismondi (DCN) October 17, 2016 and The Canadian Press December 15, 2016