Can you safely live and work with asbestos? The answer is a pretty ambivalent, “maybe, sometimes…”
Late last month, the DND (Department of National Defense) recently made headlines – but not for any military maneuvers. Media attention came from the fact that the DND moved about 500 staff members into a building that is known to contain asbestos.
In question is the National Printing Bureau Building in Gatineau and staff are expected to move in by the end of the summer. The move comes about as the result of a fire that occurred in another building, forcing the DND to find other accommodations for nearly 2,000 workers in total.
Officials rushed to announce that the workers would not be put at risk. Lt.-Cmdr. Lora Collier explained to the Ottawa Citizen. “It is contained and encapsulated and does not pose a threat to employees. There is no associated health or safety risk to employees who may be relocated to work in that building.”
But what does that mean?
Asbestos is said to be fairly common in aging DND buildings. It’s certainly not uncommon for governments the world over to choose to try and contain asbestos rather than incur the often considerable expense of asbestos removal from large public buildings.
- Important: Do NOT attempt to encapsulate asbestos yourself. Only an asbestos remediation technician can determine whether asbestos removal or encapsulation is the best course of action.
Large public buildings present their own set of issues, but in your home, the safest course of action is generally asbestos removal.
- In the case of encapsulated or otherwise contained asbestos, regular vigilance is the key to safety. In the case of the federal government, buildings are inspected on an annual basis. We’d suggest twice a year or more, along with a close examination of any encapsulated areas anytime they have ben affected by events such as flooding or inadvertent damage.
- Remember that anything that disturbs or damages asbestos or asbestos containing materials can create deadly asbestos dust. This can include anything from fire and floods to renovations.
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