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Federal Government Moves to Ban all Asbestos Products by 2018

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



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Asbestos Ban Praised by Construction Leaders

Don Wall - Staff Writer - Daily Commercial News

December 22, 2016

The federal governmet has announced a comprehensive ban on asbestos, promising to create new regulations that will prohibit the manufacture, use, import and export of a mineral that was once commonly used in construction and has ravaged the health of thousands of construction workers for decades.

A 2018 deadline has been declared for implementation of the new policies.  The Internationol Agency for Research on Cancer declared asbestos a carcinogen in 1987 but it was still mined and exported from Quebec until 2011 and it ia still in limited use, with imports rising, in the construction and automotive sectors and elsewhere.

Statistics reported by the insulators indicate that plumbers, pipefitters and insulators were the most frequent victims of occupational disease claims, and even though widespread use of pure asbestos began to diminish almost 30 years ago, the fibres linger in the body and asbestos-related diseases still claim over 2,000 lives a year today.







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Construction and Demolition Waste Under the Microscope

Ian Harvey - Correspondant Daily Commercial News

December 21, 2016

Starting January 01, 2017, Ontario's cap and trade legislation takes effect but its impact on the construction and demolition industry is still muddy.  There is going to be an impact on waste streams over the next 12 to 18 months, state industry experts.

Under the new system, companies must prepare to submit a report if they emit 10,000 tonnes of more of green house gases emissions in a year.

Construction and demolition sector's will have to grapple with both cap and trade and new legislation, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, will set limits on what goes into landfill, including construction waste.

Bill 151 was passed June 1 and will trasform Waste Diversion Ontario into a new agency, with the power to enforce compliance, obtain serach warrants and seize documents and materials.

According to the most recent figures, in 2013 about 22 per cent of all garbage is created by the construction, renovation and demolition sector, with about 12 per cent diverted.  This leave 88 per cent heading to landfill.

Many materials are recycled and reused.


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Building Safer Construction Sites


Building Safer Construction Sites - November 16, 2016 by Kendall Jones

The Morning Blueprint by Construct Connect

Construction sites are dangerous places. Safety hazards lurk around every corner. This is evident by the high rate of occupational fatalities and injuries that occur each year in construction. Falls, electrocutions, heavy equipment rollovers and collapsing scaffolding are just a small number of ways workers can be seriously injured or killed on a construction site.

Construction firms that have achieved excellent safety records didn’t get them by accident. They aren’t lucky. These companies have made safety a key tenet of their company culture and have established proven safety programs that help them attain a goal of creating a zero accident work environment to protect their employees.

Building safer construction sites isn’t easy. It takes a tremendous amount of planning and work. Here are a handful of tips and advice to making every construction site safer.

- Establish a Safety Culture

- Create a Site Specific Safety Plan

- Training

- Empower Workers to Speak Up & Hold Each Other Accountable

- Conduct Daily Safety Meetings

- Inspect, Evaluate and Adjust



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