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Chrysotile: Overview Of Asbestos In The Home
Chrysotile Institute covers what asbestos is, health issues, where it is, when it can be a problem, what to do about asbestos in the home, identify materials, asbestos professionals, and hiring contractors.

Health Canada: Health Risks Of Asbestos
Health Canada describes the health risks of asbestos and how exposure can be dangerous to your health, as well as how to properly handle a potential asbestos problem. They provide sections on what is asbestos?, what are the health risks of exposure?, how can you be exposed to asbestos?, how do you reduce your risk of exposure?, how does the Government of Canada protect you from exposure?, and sources of more information.

Speaking of Safety: History of Asbestos in BC
Speaking of Safety says asbestos is toxic but was once prized for its fire-proof properties. People used it to insulate pipes, flooring, drywall, and more. Kids even played in it.

US EPA: Guide To Asbestos In Your Home
US Environmental Protection Agency describes what asbestos is, health issues, where it is, what should be done about it, asbestos professionals, and links to more information.

WorkSafe BC: Impact Of Asbestos
WorkSafe BC online video describes the history of asbestos, from its origins as a miracle material to its threat to worker health and safety. It includes personal stories from those who've been directly affected and urges those at risk of exposure to test for the presence of asbestos and only remove it if trained and qualified.

WorkSafe BC: Sources Of Asbestos In A Home
WorkSafe BC describes possible sources of asbestos in a home. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

Chrysotile Institute: Chrysotile & Asbestos Information Agency
Canadian Chrysotile Institute promotes global safe and responsible use of chrysotile, offers training, and industry news.
Information Sources

AIC: UK Asbestos Information Centre
UK Asbestos Information Centre is an independent organisation that provides advice on managing asbestos containing products in buildings to keep the fibre release to the minimum.

Asbestos: Resource Site On Health Issues Of Asbestos
Asbestos site provides services and resources for patients and families affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.

Chrysotile Institute: Information & Resources On Asbestos
Chrysotile Institute provides information on chrysotile, the new asbestos, including background, health & safety, regulations, environment, products, publications, industry news , and more.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance: Information for Patients & Families
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance provides information and resources for patients and families of those who may develop mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home.

WorkSafe BC: Asbestos Awareness Resources for Contractors
WorkSafe BC says asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in BC. Whether you’re a general contractor, abatement contractor or a demolition contractor, you are responsible for the health and safety of workers and that includes protecting them from asbestos exposure.

WorkSafe BC: Asbestos Awareness Resources For Homeowners
WorkSafew BC says if you're planning to demo or reno a home built before 1990, you need to take asbestos seriously. Found in more than 3,000 pre-1990s building materials, asbestos can be hiding in plain sight. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause serious health problems, lung diseases, and cancer. So before work starts, identify any asbestos in your home and get it properly removed to ensure the health and safety of everyone working on your project.

WorkSafe BC: Online Videos On Asbestos In Construction
WorkSafe BC online video series focuses on asbestos exposure in construction. It shows the reactions from workers, contractors, and a homeowner to the dangers of asbestos.

WorkSafe BC: Resourse Site On Asbestos
WorkSafe BC provides information and resources on asbestos-exposure prevention.
Issues & Performance

BCEIA: Canada Takes Measures to Ban Asbestos
BC Environmental Industries Association says that in recognizing that asbestos can cause life-threatening diseases, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the final step to prohibit asbestos and asbestos-containing products in Canada.

Canada Gov: 2019 Code Update on Materials Containing Asbestos
Government of Canada says changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code and the National Plumbing Code were submitted for public review in fall 2017. The respective standing committees reviewed the comments received and recommended to remove all references to asbestos-containing materials as an acceptable solution in code requirements and appendices.

Canadian Contractor: Canadian Political Parties Ignoring Issue of Asbestos in Homes
Canadian Contractor says the time is long overdue for the Canadian government to take responsibility and offer a tax credit program to assist with the costs of a health and safety problem which they helped to create and fund. Provincial governments should also take some responsibility to address the significant costs of their regulations.

COCA: Advocates Call for BC to Regulate Asbestos Removal Industry
Council of Construction Associations says labour advocates are calling on the province to require asbestos removal companies to be licensed after a serial offender was sentenced to house arrest for exposing workers and residents to harmful materials.

COCA: BC Industry Applauds Long Overdue Asbestos Regulations
Council of Construction Associations says BC’s construction industry is applauding a new move by the feds to clamp down on asbestos, but there is still work to be done.

JofC: New Labour Code to Keep Asbestos Levels to Near Zero
Journal Of Commerce says as part of the federal government's comprehensive ban on asbestos, it is enhancing the Canada Labour Code for workers by lowering the exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos to as close to zero as possible.

MAAC: Asbestos & Health Issues
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center provides information to raise awareness about asbestos, an environmental contaminant that has been known to cause illnesses such as asbestosis or mesothelioma cancer.

Ontario Gov: Regulations For Asbestos On Construction Projects
Ontario government outlines their regulations for safe work measures and respiratory protection for workers who may encounter asbestos.

WorkSafe BC: Regulations & Guidelines For Asbestos
WorkSafe BC outlines regulations governing asbestos in the workplace.

WorkSafe BC: Warning Homeowners About Dangers of Asbestos
WorkSafeBC is urging owners of pre-1990s homes to talk to their contractor about asbestos before starting home renovations or a demolition.

BOABC: Asbestos In The Building Trades
Building Officials Association of BC online slide show presentation Asbestos in the Building Trades, Hidden Hazards covers the WorkSafe BC presentation from the 2014 BOABC Fall Education Conference (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: How Much Should You Worry About Asbestos In The Home?
Energy Vanguard says if you spend a lot of time in the attics, basements, and crawl spaces of older homes, don't mess around with materials that may be dangerous, such as asbestos.

Fine Homebuilding: Debris Shield For Drywall Dust
Fine Homebuilding online video describes a better way to drill holes in a drywall ceiling.

HPAC Magazine: Mechanical Contractors Should Be Aware Of Potential Asbestos Risks
HPAC magazine discusses how much of a threat asbestos is to mechanical contractors.

WorkSafe BC: Abatement Of Asbestos-Containing Material During Building & Renovation
WorkSafe BC describe their procedures for abatement of asbestos-containing material during house and building demolition/renovation.

WorkSafe BC: Asbestos Hazards In Demolition & Renovation
WorkSafe BC provides factsheet with brief overview of asbestos issues, a drawing showing where it may be found in a house, and contact information. (PDF)

WorkSafe BC: Bulletin On Dangers Of Exposure To Asbestos In Vermiculite Attic Insulation
WorkSafe BC bulletin describes vermiculite insulation that may contain asbestos, problems caused, steps to prevent exposure, and sources of more information. (PDF)

WorkSafe BC: Protecting Mechanical Trades From Asbestos Exposure
WorkSafe BC bulletin Protecting Workers From Asbestos Exposure In The Mechanical Trades describes issues and considerations for working in situations where asbestos is present. (PDF)

WorkSafe BC: Safe Work Practices For Handling Asbestos
WorkSafe BC online booklet covers what asbestos is, responsibilities, safe work procedures, protective equipment, emergencies, and WCB contact information. (PDF)

WorkSafe BC: Sampling For Asbestos
WorkSafe BC bulletin Sampling For Asbestos describes methods currently accepted for asbestos bulk sample analysis.
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