Congratulations Canada, You have now joined the rest of the developed world! Last week Canadian parliament finally adopted legislation that has banned the use of all asbestos containing materials. Why? Well if you ask Justin Trudeau he might say something like, “Because it’s 2016”. While I joke about it, it’s not a laughing matter. I was listening to the radio on a recent trip to Calgary, and they had a government official on, and she was giving the stats on the number of people exposed to asbestos in the work place every year, the numbers were staggering. By government estimates, 150,000 Canadians are exposed to asbestos every year through their work, this number does not account for the thousands of people that do their own home renovations and unknowingly expose themselves and their loved ones to asbestos. Please take the time and listen to this segment on asbestos, and asbestos related diseases. https://omny.fm/shows/danielle-smith/full-show-xenophobic-legislature-exchange-russia-h You will have to fast forward to the 42 minute mark. It’s worth a listen.
Asbestos in the news issue #131
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of asbestos related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are just a few stories we thought may interest you!
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In PDX, many homes demolished with asbestos inside – Contractors have been tearing down hundreds of Portland homes without properly removing the asbestos inside, a practice that ignores state regulations and could put workers at risk.
Federal parties, candidates respond to MV Miner questions – Only two of the four federal mainstream political parties addressed the issue of the MV Miner in letters to the Main-a-Dieu Community Development Association.
Five Companies Settle, One Left for Trial in Asbestos Case – Ford Motor Co., Honeywell International Inc. and three other companies settled with the estate of a Eustis woman who died of mesothelioma after alleged asbestos exposure. The last remaining defendant is preparing for a 10-day federal trial in Miami.
Suspected asbestos found at Humpty Dumps in Cirencester on land where homes are planned – Developer Baylight Properties has applied to build up to 69 homes on the Humpty Dumps, off Bowling Green Lane, and its contamination tests organised as part of the application, uncovered materials suspected to contain asbestos.
Asbestos confirmed at Quincy High School, Monday classes and activities cancelled – Quincy High School will be closed again on Monday following an evacuation Sept. 24 when asbestos was discovered in the roof of the former art building. “It’s asbestos,” said Peter Connell, the principal scientist for PFC Industrial Hygiene Consulting, principal of suspicious material removed from the roof and tested shortly after the evacuation around 6:00 p.m. “School will be closed on Monday as a precaution.”
WorkSafe inspector exposed to asbestos after botched demolition of Mr Fluffy home – The demolition of a Mr Fluffy house last month reportedly created large plumes of asbestos-contaminated dust, exposing a WorkSafe inspector to the deadly fibres. Residents who lived near the Torrens home were not told of the incident, though WorkSafe ACT and the ACT government were notified. The government said air-monitoring equipment on the property’s perimeter, set up and analysed by a licensed asbestos assessor, found no evidence that the deadly fibres had breached the site’s boundaries.
Serious concerns about Rochdale asbestos air monitoring – An email exchange could cast doubt on the nature of Rochdale Council’s “reassurance” testing of air around the former Turner Brothers Asbestos site in the Spodden Valley. Correspondence from Rochdale Council to a member of the public, Delwyn Bale of Dell Road, asks for his permission to have monitoring equipment installed in his garden – Mr Bale gave his permission immediately. Soon after, Mr Bale started to read archived Rochdale Online news articles about the issues regarding asbestos and the TBA site. As a result, he emailed some questions back to Rochdale Council. The official response and attitude openly expressed by Michael Moore, Senior Public Protection Officer, shocked Mr Bale.
MESOTHELIOMA VICTIMS CENTER NOW URGES FAMILY MEMBERS OF A DIAGNOSED US NAVY VETERAN TO NOT TAKE COMPENSATION FOR GRANTED–CALL FOR INSTANT ACCESS TO THE NATION’S MOST SKILLED LAWYERS – The Mesothelioma Victims Centre says, “What we’ve been seeing is family members looking online for information on mesothelioma for a father who has been recently diagnosed. What too many end up doing is contacting what we refer to as path-of-least-resistance mesothelioma law firms. These firms make claims such as, ‘no lawsuit needed’, ‘simply fill out a claims form’, or ‘we’ve helped millions of people.’
Clean-up of asbestos on WestConnex site in St Peters under scrutiny – Environmental lawyers have raised concerns about the state government’s management of a waste site at St Peters, which is planned to be converted into a motorway interchange. The WestConnex Delivery Authority acquired the former Dial-A-Dump site in December, and since August has been removing material from the site in trucks.
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800th Blog – Our all time reader favourites.
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Back to school – be aware of your childrens surroundings
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 70% of all American & Canadian schools have a mold problem. With their flat roofs and lack of maintenance this number is not farfetched. With budgeting for public schools constantly being discussed and adjusted, all too many schools fail to be properly maintained. Budget cuts in funding too often leave schools in disrepair. A common site in too many schools is a leaking window, ceiling or water pipe. According to every credible source on the subject, including the EPA, if building materials are not dried out within 24-48 hours mold will begin to grow.
If these conditions are not corrected it can lead to a serious mold problem within the school’s breathing environment for faculty and students. It does not even need to be visibly growing on the surfaces of the windows, walls or ceilings of the school in order to affect the health of it’s occupants. It can be growing inside the walls, where a pipe broke or above the ceiling, without being visible. Many of the structural molds are toxic. They produce mycotoxins to kill off their microbial competitors. Mycotoxins can damage the brain and central nervous system. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on your children and what they are surrounded by each day.
Mold is not the only concern that you should keep an eye on unfortunately, One area of concern for parents and teachers is the finding of asbestos in school buildings. If a school was built before the 1980s, it’s likely that it contains some form of asbestos. About half of all schools in the U.S. and Canada were built from 1950 to 1969, when asbestos materials were highly prevalent in construction.
When maintenance work disturbs these materials, or they start to deteriorate over time, asbestos dust can enter the air and be inhaled. Exposure to the dust puts teachers and students at increased risk for mesothelioma, lung cancer and other serious lung conditions.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos-containing materials reside in many of the approximately 132,000 primary and secondary schools in the nation. These schools serve more than 55 million children, and are the worksites for more than 7 million teachers, administrators and support staff.
As long as asbestos building materials remain in good condition, the EPA insists they pose minimal health risks and recommends schools leave them in place. But if negligent maintenance work or improper abatement procedures occur, otherwise harmless asbestos products can cause serious exposures.
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As many of our readers already know there are different levels of exposure risk when dealing with asbestos and the hazards of the removal process. Different provinces have different guidelines and regulations for the exposure levels and the practices involved in the remediation process. Some things remain the same – the do’s and don’ts listed in this blog are some of the things to always keep in mind when dealing with asbestos.
- Do keep activities to a minimum in any areas having damaged material that may contain asbestos and take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos material.
- Do have removal and major repair done by people qualified in handling asbestos. It is recommended that sampling and minor repair also be done by asbestos professionals.
- Don’t dust, sweep, or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.
- Don’t saw, sand, scrape, or drill holes in asbestos materials.
- Don’t use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring. Never use a power stripper on a dry floor.
- Don’t sand or try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs replacing, install new floor covering over it, if possible. If removal is an absolute necessity please call your local remediation company to examine the situation before hand so that you don’t end up with particles all over your home or worse in your lungs.
- Don’t track material that could contain asbestos through the house. If you cannot avoid walking through the area, have it cleaned with a wet mop. If the material is from a damaged area, or if a large area must be cleaned, call an asbestos professional.
If the asbestos material is in good shape and will not be disturbed, do nothing!
If it is a problem, there are two types of corrections: repair and removal. Repair usually involves either sealing or covering asbestos material. Sealing (encapsulation) involves treating the material with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released. Pipe, furnace and boiler insulation can sometimes be repaired this way. This should be done only by a professional trained to handle asbestos safely. Covering (enclosure) involves placing something over or around the material that contains asbestos to prevent release of fibers. Exposed insulated piping may be covered with a protective wrap or jacket. Removal is usually expensive method and should be the last option in most situations, because removal poses the greatest risk of fiber release. However, removal may be required when remodeling or making major changes to your home that will disturb asbestos material. Removal may be necessary if asbestos material is damaged extensively and cannot be otherwise repaired. Removal is complex and must be done only by a contractor with special training. Improper removal may actually increase the health risks to you and your family. This is why you should call a trusted contractor or remediation specialist. Make sure they are qualified to do the removal and have past experience and are certified to do the work.
If you think asbestos may be in your home, don’t panic. Usually the best thing is to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone. Contact a specialist like got mold? to come in and do an inspection. Generally, material in good condition will not release asbestos fibers. Check material regularly if you suspect it may contain asbestos. Don’t touch it, but look for signs of wear or damage such as tears, abrasions, or water damage. Damaged material may release asbestos fibers. This is particularly true if you often disturb it by hitting, rubbing, or handling it, or if it is exposed to extreme vibration or air flow. Sometimes the best way to deal with slightly damaged material is to limit access to the area and not touch or disturb it. Discard damaged or worn asbestos gloves, stove-top pads, or ironing board covers, before disposal check with local health, environmental, or other appropriate officials to find out proper handling and disposal procedures. If asbestos material is more than slightly damaged, or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb it, repair or removal by a professional is needed. Before you have your house remodeled, find out whether asbestos materials are present.
Most products made today do not contain asbestos. Those few products made which still contain asbestos that could be inhaled are required to be labeled as such. However, until the 1970’s, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Common products that might have contained asbestos in the past, and conditions which may release fibers, include:
- Pipe wrap, coatings or blankets on hot water and steam pipes in older houses.Roofing and siding shingles made of asbestos cement.
- Insulation in houses built between 1930 and 1950.
- Textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
- Artificial ashes and embers used in gas-fired fireplaces.
- Older products such as stove-top pads.
- Walls and floors around wood burning stoves — these may be protected with asbestos paper, mill board, or cement sheets.
- Some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
- Insulation on oil or coal furnaces and door gaskets
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Source for information: Saskatchewan Federation of Labor