Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?

Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?
A story released this month in Saskatchewan is calling for a mandatory registry of buildings containing asbestos. The reason is simple: asbestos is a carcinogen and eventually leads to diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos related cancer known as mesothelioma. One of the biggest concerns brought by Hurricane Sandy was the problem of asbestos exposure caused by building destruction releasing fibers in the air and concerns that Do It Yourselfers, will unknowingly expose themselves to asbestos. Asbestos is a concern that should not be taken lightly.
To bring this issue to your attention further, below are two videos. The first shows you what asbestos does to your body when it gets in your lungs and is brought to you by Work Safe BC. The second is a public service announcement by Mike Holmes, recognized as Canada’s most trusted contractor. Finally, thanks to Pinterest, I found an excellent Infographic on Mesothelioma, that explains what this disease is and it’s impact. Enjoy!
WORK SAFE BC EXPLAINS WHAT ASBESTOS DOES TO THE BODY

MIKE HOLMES WARNS DO IT YOURSELFERS ABOUT ASBESTOS

MESOTHELIOMA INFOGRAPHIC

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To learn more about asbestos, check out these links.
Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement?
What Percentage of Lung Cancers are Caused by Asbestos?
Saskatchewan, First Canadian Province, to Create Asbestos Registry
Canadian Asbestos Regulations
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]
Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!

10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
BanAsbestos.us
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”

Mike Holmes Comments on Asbestos

Image Courtesy of the Mike Holmes Facebook Fan Page

Mike Holmes Comments on Asbestos
“If you’re renovating, don’t handle material that may contain asbestos. Leave it to licensed professionals. They know what they’re doing.” (Mike Holmes)
Recently, I saw an ad on television sponsored by the Canadian Lung Association designed to raise awareness among do-it-yourselfers and homeowners about the impact of asbestos on their lung health. The basic message is don’t mess with asbestos!
This message is delivered by Mike Holmes, recognized as Canada’s most trusted contractor. At Got Mold? we could not agree more. Thanks for raising awareness Mr. Holmes! 🙂

In light of this awareness campaign, it is rather ironic that the Canadian Government and Quebec Government want to continue the trade in asbestos, a proven cancer causing carcinogen. Apparently, asbestos is bad for Canadians, but ok for use in countries like Thailand and India. One can only hope that the efforts to ban asbestos in both Thailand and India will succeed and the use of asbestos will finally end.
Got Mold? is dedicated to raising awareness of Asbestos. In addition to our weekly Asbestos in the News articles, you may want to check out these other informative postings about this important issue:

Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust

Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?

The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret

Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death

The Asbestos Abatement Process

Why is Asbestos so Scary?

Got Asbestos?

Asbestos Removal and Abatement

Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”