Taking action against asbestos
The federal government will ban asbestos use by 2018.
At a press conference at the Ottawa Hospital’s cancer centre on Dec. 15, federal ministers from science, environment and public procurement announced a new government asbestos strategy.
The strategy includes creating a new regulation that will ban the manufacture, use, import and export of asbestos-containing products; introducing new federal workplace health and safety rules that will “drastically” limit the risk of on-the-job asbestos exposures; and working with provinces to change building codes so that the use of asbestos in new construction and renovations is prohibited.
In December, RNAO along with 60 other health, labour, and environmental organizations from across Canada called on the government to implement a comprehensive asbestos ban. In a joint letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we noted the growing trend of people dying from asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma and various cancers.
To learn more about our call for an asbestos ban, please read this Globe and Mail article.