In the midst of all the hoopla over Ottawa’s recent announcement that it was reversing its former position on asbestos – blaming the newly elected separatist Parti Québécois and their prompt cancellation of the former Liberal government’s $58 million loan to the parties looking to reopen the massive Jeffrey Mine – the Toronto Star recently reported that asbestos products are still being imported into Ontario from Quebec.
According to the story, the Thetford Mine still produces some asbestos and it’s being used in brake pads and concrete pipes. A private member’s bill has been introduced in the Ontario legislature introduced to ban the use of asbestos in brake pads due to its potential for exposing auto workers and mechanics to the substance. It’s not clear where the cement/asbestos pipes are in use. Historically, it was typical to use these for waterworks.
As home to among the world’s largest deposits of asbestos, vested interest in the mineral has kept it in use in Canada long after it’s been banned in many other countries around the globe.
That’s unfortunate when hundreds of new cases of cancer caused by asbestos exposure are diagnosed in Ontario alone each year. We’re still dealing with the fallout from decades of unrestricted use.
The material is considered safe as long as it’s in tact or in a mixture as with the concrete piping, however, once that material deteriorates, it can indeed release friable – or inhalable – asbestos particles into the air.
Go Asbestos Free
It just makes no sense to keep playing with fire when it comes to asbestos. While it’s been banned from residential uses since the 1970’s, if you have a house built before that date you should assume that it contains asbestos somewhere too. It can show up in a variety of places both outdoors and indoors including:
- Windows and window caulking
- Ceiling tiles
- Floor tiles
- Pipe chasing
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, and we suggest that complete removal is really the only definitive solution.
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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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