Study Finds Firefighters at Risk of Mesothelioma

Toronto firefighters are joining others across the country in joining the Movember movement to grow a moustache this month and raise money for prostate cancer and men’s health. The annual fundraising event was built specifically to address prostate cancer – and firefighters have a 28% higher risk of developing it than the general population. But, firefighters are also at an increased risk of developing other cancers, including mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.

A 5-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study of U.S. firefighters  found a definite link between mesothelioma and firefighters. The study was the first to document what they’re calling “excess malignant mesothelioma” in firefighters, with the results tested by various analytic techniques. The authors of the study concluded,  “Our results provide evidence of a relation between firefighting and cancer. The new finding of excess malignant mesothelioma is noteworthy, given that asbestos exposure is a known hazard of firefighting.”

People often associate the risks of mesothelioma with prolonged exposure over time, as in the case of shipyard or other industrial workers who dealt with it on a daily basis. However, the link with firefighters proves that it’s not always due to constant or steady exposure.

Asbestos and Your Home
If your home was built before the late 1980’s, it’s likely to contain asbestos in one form or another. You don’t have to have a fire to potentially expose you, your family and also the people who may work on your home in one capacity or another. Any work that opens up walls or requires cutting into construction materials may restuls in asbestos exposure. This may include:

  • Renovations and remodeling
  • Demolition, tearing down walls
  • Installing security and fire systems
  • Installing new windows or doors

Your responsibilities as the homeowner are outlined by provincial laws – you can check them out at this link.

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Asbestos in Soil

The city of Sarnia, Ontario has seen more than its share of grief when it comes to asbestos. A former foundry and insulation plant exposed workers to shocking levels of asbestos exposure – in some cases hundreds of times over the legal limit. It’s possibly the worst example of workplace asbestos exposure in Canada and those former workers are now paying the price with their health, suffering an inordinate number of cases of cancer and lung problems.

This past summer, insult was added to injury when asbestos was found in the soil of Centennial Park on the city’s waterfront. The cost of asbestos remediation is putting a damper on new public works projects.

Asbestos – In the Soil
I think most of us commonly associate asbestos contamination with the indoors, where the one-time “miracle” construction material was used in everything from roofing to floor tiles and nearly everything in between.

Asbestos was fireproof and virtually indestructible – what’s not to like? It was only decades later when its awful effects on human health began to be seen, largely in workers like those in Sarnia who’d been repeatedly exposed over a long period of time. When asbestos fibres are released into the air, these can be inhaled and lead to deadly mesothelioma among other serious health problems.

In industrial and former industrial areas, asbestos may also be present in the soil. If any manufacturing activities produced asbestos dust, or if asbestos containing materials were stored or discarded on site, the debris is just as indestructible even while it remains in the dirt.

Asbestos Containing Materials

Now theoretically, if the asbestos stays in the soil, damp, it poses no immediate danger. However, it’s obvious that soil can be either moist or dry, and is disturbed and turned over constantly by the passage of the seasons along with human and animal traffic. In effect, it becomes a kind of asbestos containing material (ACM) – just like the mixtures of vinyl or concrete and asbestos that were commonly made into tiles or formed into other shapes.

For the sake of human safety and health, it needs to be cleaned up. Nowadays, many former industrial areas have been redeveloped into residential areas, which pose the question: is there more asbestos to be found in the ground?

Asbestos in Your Home
If your home was built before the late 1980’s, it may very well contain asbestos or ACM in many areas and in many forms. Let the asbestos experts at GreenStream Environmental help you deal with your asbestos issues. GreenStream Environmental, our seasoned team of asbestos removal experts can handle large or smaller asbestos remediation or removal jobs.

  • In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

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Windsor Grace Hospital Demolition Begins With Asbestos Removal

A long simmering issue will be resolved in Southwestern Ontario with a recent announcement that the provincial government will kick in $3 million to assist in the clean-up of the former Grace Hospital site in Windsor. More money – $4 million – is waiting on final approval and both sums come in addition to the $2 million that was originally committed to the project.

The Grace Hospital closed in 2004 and redevelopment plans fizzled into nothing. Since then the site has been left to deteriorate. It’s been an eyesore and a thorn in the side of area residents who are rightly concerned with the environmental impacts of the structure’s ongoing deterioration. It’s been plagued by vandals and a vermin infestation.

Asbestos
Naturally, asbestos was one of the major considerations voiced by neighbours to the site. Asbestos becomes dangerous to human health as it deteriorates and produces airborne fibres which can be inhaled. That’s how it causes mesothelioma and other serious lung diseases.

In fact, clean-up of the site is beginning with asbestos removal. Even in cases like this where the site will be demolished, it’s important to remove the asbestos separately. It must be contained and then disposed of separately – that’s the only way to ensure the health and safety of everyone concerned.

Renovations
When it comes to asbestos, yesterday’s ‘miracle’ material has become today’s environmental hazard. If your home was built before 1970, you should assume that it contains asbestos in some form and it may show up in a wide range of areas and materials.

Let our professional asbestos removal technicians help to ensure that your renovations happen safely. Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for a quote today.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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Canadian Asbestos Exportation Continues to Draw Headlines

The international uproar over the Quebec government’s decision to green light the reopening of the giant Jeffrey Asbestos Mine by way of a $58 million loan just won’t go away this summer.

The latest volley in the ongoing battle to stop Canadian asbestos exportation came from a long time anti-asbestos activist, Kathleen Ruff. Ms. Ruff and her sister lost their father to asbestos related disease and have organized the 2nd annual Walk to Remember Victims of Asbestos to take place in Sarnia on September 29, 2012.

In an online piece for her website, rightoncanada.ca, she describes inviting Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to the event. The Health Minister sidestepped the invitation by deferring it, a move the sisters are calling ‘callous’. Minister Aglukkaq says that asbestos is an issue that would fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The federal Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, has been a supporter of the Canadian asbestos industry. Sadly, when it comes to asbestos it shows that the same issues that have been at work now for decades – politics vs. health and environmental concerns – are still at play.

Asbestos in Your Home
While it’s been banned from residential uses in Canada for decades, if you have a house built before 1970 you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere. It can show up in a variety of places both outdoors and indoors including:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Windows and window caulking
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Pipe chasing
  • Insulation

Don’t Try This At Home
In many of its residential uses, including floor and ceiling tiles, asbestos actually appears in a mixture. The material is considered safe as long as it’s intact however damage and degradation can produce the friable – or inhalable – fibres which have been proven to cause lung disease, including cancer and mesothelioma.

Just as public institutions keep tabs on it, you should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration. It will be crucial information when you do any renovations, which will almost certainly produce asbestos containing dust when it involves those areas.

Let us Help
Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental – call us for an asbestos inspection or removal quote today.

If you are looking to buy or renovate an older home then do yourself a favour and include an asbestos inspection on the list of things to do.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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Asbestos Pipe Chases at the Royal Military College

Defence Minister Peter Mackay has been feeling the heat lately – perhaps that’s why his office issued a slew of press releases earlier this week. Among them is a contract issued by Defence Construction Canada for pipe chase asbestos abatement and removal in one of the Royal Military College facilities.

Abatement by removal would have the advantage of also removing the need to constantly monitor and maintain the asbestos-containing material, in this case riser pipe chasing. The so-called pipe chase is a common area to find asbestos in both residential and industrial buildings.  A “pipe chase” is typically a narrow area of a home or building that contains plumbing piping and sometimes electrical wiring. It can be something like a small, tight room or simply a groove where the pipes fit in.

Once thought of as a “miracle mineral”, asbestos has many properties that seemed ideal for construction purposes, among them its fireproofing abilities as well as its insulating properties. Asbestos seemed like the natural material for pipe chasing, insulation and many other uses – and what’s more, it’s an area of your own older home that you may have overlooked.

What Should I Do?

It sounds alarming, but the first thing to remember is this: as long as the material is intact and/or bound up in concrete (as it would be in tiles or paneling), asbestos is not considered to be a threat. Once it has deteriorated, or is damaged, it can become friable, which means that the fibres may be inhaled. Inhaled into the lungs, it can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma.

Standard home inspections do not look for asbestos in all these areas, and it’s doubly important if you’re planning on renovations.

If your home was built before 1970, then you have to assume that it does contain asbestos- perhaps in your pipe chases. Before any renovation projects, call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services for an asbestos inspection. At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services to help you contain and then rid yourself of this problem.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

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Asbestos in the News

Just as the 8th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference is about to take place in California this weekend (March 30 – April 1), residents of a Manitoba town fume over 410 tonnes of asbestos debris left in the local dump.

The Conference is designed to increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos and included among the events and guests are Barbara McQueen, widow of Steve McQueen and a performance by musician Jordan Zevon. Both Steve McQueen and Jordan’s father Warren Zevon, a noted rock musician, died of mesothelioma and the truly scary thing is that while McQueen suspected it happened during his days as a Marine, neither of the men was ever sure where they’d ever been exposed to asbestos.

Their examples illustrate both the seriousness of the matter and the level of vigilance and care that must be taken when it comes to asbestos exposure. That’s currently a big issue for the residents of Gillam, Manitoba, who found out recently that their town’s community dump site is home to tonnes of waste that come from a former air force station in Northern Ontario.

Among the debris left via an agreement between the town’s council and the contractor who completed the demolition is 410 tonnes of asbestos. Officials insist that the material is in pellet form, i.e. non-friable and therefore not inhalable or a danger to public health. The material is contained in plastic bags marked “Caution, Danger, Cancer-causing lung disease agents”.

Despite the assurances, residents have taken photos of bags with clear rips and a grey powdery substance seeping out of them, and are looking for more answers.

If your home was built before 1970, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos in some form too, and it may show up in a wide variety of places including insulation, floor and ceiling tiles, roofing, pipe insulation and more. The material is considered safe as long as it’s intact, but damage or deterioration can produce friable asbestos, or particles that can be inhaled – with a deadly potential.

Get peace of mind from GreenStream Environmental, where we can offer a home inspection and asbestos removal or abatement services as required. Don’t fool around with something so dangerous – call GreenStream today.

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Canadian Red Cross Exec Ignites Controversy with Asbestos Industry Links

Business and personal relationships with links to the asbestos industry may lead the Canadian Red Cross Society to ask for the resignation of one of its Executive Board Members. Board Member Roshi Chandha hit the headlines earlier this month when anti-asbestos activists questioned the propriety of her serving with an organization known for its humanitarian work around the world.

Balcorp Ltd.
At issue is the fact that Ms Chandha is the wife of Baljit Chandha, president of Montreal-based Balcorp Ltd. and the main push behind the bid to re-open the huge Jeffrey Asbestos Mine in Quebec. As part of the deal, Balcorp is looking for $58 million in loan guarantees from the Quebec government.

Roshi Chandha also serves as an executive of Seja Trade Ltd., a shipping company that exports asbestos to Asian countries. The company is a subsidiary of Balcorp.

The Canadian Red Cross does not normally look into the outside business interests of its board members, but has decided to meet and review Ms Chandha’s position early in the new year. The effort to bring her ties to the asbestos industry to light was spearheaded by anti-asbestos activist Leah Nielson, who grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and watched her father die of mesothelioma in 2008.  Her father worked in construction and brought home the asbestos fibres on his work clothes, and the deadly disease may also have affected her mother, who is currently under medical observation for a spot on her lung.

Asbestos Exposure
His example illustrates a lingering problem. Not only did construction workers of much of the 20th century expose themselves and their families to the deadly effects of asbestos, they left behind a wide variety of asbestos-tainted products routinely used in construction prior to 1970, including insulation, siding, ceiling and roof tiles and more.

Please note – if you suspect any kind of asbestos use in your home, and before any renovation projects, please DO NOT DISTURB OR HANDLE the material in question. The danger from asbestos comes from inhaling the fibres, and anything you can do to contain or avoid it until you can call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services will help to minimize the impact.

It is not considered dangerous if the material is still intact; however any future nicks or breaks in the surface can mean a potential hazard.

At GreenStream Environmental Services, we offer professional vermiculite and asbestos remediation services. In the Toronto area  at (416) 818-9414.

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Victims of Asbestos Protest Proposal to Reopen Quebec’s Jeffrey Mine

As the Quebec government considers a proposal to re-open the bankrupt Jeffrey asbestos mine by a group of investors – a deal that would involve $58 million in provincial loan guarantees – Ontario families of asbestos victims held a news conference in Toronto in early November. The group, mainly from the Sarnia area, related heartrending stories of the ravages of mesothelioma and the other lung problems engendered by exposure to asbestos.

The group, with the backing of Sarnia’s mayor, invited Baljit Chadha, the lead investor in the proposed project, to come to Sarnia, Ontario and meet with asbestos victims and their families. Sarnia’s waterfront is home to a memorial to the workplace victims of asbestos exposure. The victim’s group went even further, urging government help for workers currently at the remaining asbestos mines in this country in order to transition to other industries.

Mr. Chadha is president of Balcorp Ltd., an international marketing and investment firm based in Montreal, and hopes to revive the Jeffrey asbestos mine – the world’s second largest – with a view to exportation of asbestos to the developing world, including his native country of India along with Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Philippines. The Jeffrey Mine contains chrysotile asbestos, and in the face of growing protests, company representatives went so far earlier this year as to say they do not believe this variety of asbestos to be harmful to humans. Will the Quebec government continue to support this industry, and will Mr. Chadha visit Sarnia?

The hazards of asbestos are well documented, and may be present in a wide variety of areas in your own home here in the GTA, including siding, ceiling tiles, insulation and more, particularly if your house was built before 1970.

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, and before any renovation projects, the trained and fully-certified asbestos experts at Greenstream Environmental can handle your asbestos remediation and removal needs. Call us for a quote today – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – at (416) 818-9414.

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Asbestos victims’ relatives rally against Tory MP doctor

It has been quite the spring and summer for Canada’s asbestos exportation debate. Every time it looks like the discussion has hit a stalemate, and the Conservative government won’t budge on the issue, a new backlash rises up.

The latest: the relatives of asbestos victims are rallying against Dr. Kellie Leitch, a Conservative MP, on the grounds that she shouldn’t support the Tory party’s asbestos exportation because she clearly understands the danger of asbestos given her medical training.

On Monday, The Canadian Press obtained a letter signed by more than 40 people whose loved ones were killed by asbestos. The letter demands that Dr. Leitch give up her medical license if she wants to continue supporting the Conservatives.

“If you choose to continue to support medical misinformation and to support asbestos, we ask that you hand in your medical licence and cease being a physician, since you are in violation of the most fundamental standard required of all medical doctors: do no harm,” the letter said.

The letter also explains that asbestos victims won’t sit idly while Dr. Leitch and the Tories “aid and abet the creation of more asbestos victims amongst the poorest and most unprotected people on the planet, who don’t even have the medical assistance or pain killers to help them when they die terrible deaths from asbestos.”

Dr. Leitch, considered a star Tory candidate for the May election, recently stated that the Conservatives will continue supporting the “safe, controlled use” of asbestos. In light of the criticism she’s received, she’s also reminded the public that her area of medical expertise is bones, not lungs.

Hmm. Interesting for a doctor to claim ignorance when average Canadian citizens know how dangerous asbestos is and how prudent asbestos removal is. Dr. Leitch knows the term “mesothelioma” and that it’s a cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.

The rest of Canada is fighting asbestos by removing it from schools and other buildings and undergoing asbestos remediation wherever possible. It’s time for the Tories, and any medical professionals supporting the party, to take the next step and stop exporting asbestos.

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9/11 First Responders have increased cancer risk from asbestos exposure

It’s hard to believe this Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the horrifying September 11 terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, launched a war and changed the world forever. The scars of that day still run deep.

For the many brave First Responders who fought to save lives that day, the long-term damage may not only be psychological, but physical. They were exposed to large quantities of asbestos during the rescue missions and are now at increased risk for cancer.

A recent study in The Lancet, a British journal, said that 9/11 firefighters are 19 per cent more likely to develop cancer than those not at the Ground Zero wreckage. Though the results aren’t fully conclusive, the study also suggested that the firefighters don’t just have an increased chance of mesothelioma, the cancer most commonly associated with asbestos; they have a greater risk of all kinds of cancer.

As a study released by HP Environmental explained after the terrorist attacks explained, the falling towers created a floating cloud of rubble and powder. Inside the cloud were asbestos fibres pulverized so small that they couldn’t be detected by the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard asbestos test. Anyone exposed to the cloud received a particularly powerful dose with an “overwhelming concentration” of asbestos particles. Scary stuff.

Naturally, the First Responders were right in the thick of the rubble cloud, many for days at a time, and appear to have been jolted with an unprecedented level of asbestos exposure.

No one can take back what happened on 9/11. But the release of asbestos fibres at Ground Zero and the long-term damage they’ve caused highlight the importance of asbestos remediation. Asbestos removal obviously can’t stop a terrorist attack but it can minimize the damage caused by the aftermath.

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