A new poll taken by the Canadian Cancer Society shows that a whopping 82% majority of Canadians believe there should be a public registry of all buildings containing asbestos – including private homes.
The Canadian Medical Association is joining them in urging the federal government to take this step towards managing the risks of exposure to asbestos that remains from the heyday of its use on a nationwide scale.
The Miracle Mineral
Fire and heat resistant and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once looked upon as a miracle material that revolutionized the construction business. Asbestos was also found to have soundproofing properties, leading to a whole new set of uses. At one time, asbestos was found in multiple areas in an average home both inside and out, including:
- Roofing materials
- Wall panels
- Ceiling tiles
- Floor tiles
- And more!
Since its effects on our health take decades to develop, asbestos was widely used in all sorts of public and private buildings for much of the 20th century. It’s estimated that it was used as insulation in 240,000 homes – and that’s just one of the many places you’ll find it. While it’s been banned from most residential uses since the 1970’s, North America still has not eliminated its usage outright and of course it lingers on in the many older buildings that still exist across the continent.
What the Canadian Cancer Society is calling for would involve a central public registry that would be free and easily accessible to anyone. It would include information about all private and publicly owned buildings which contain asbestos. The goal of course is to minimize exposure and certainly to eliminate inadvertent exposure to workers or homeowners renovating their properties.
“We know all forms of asbestos cause cancer and creating a public registry is a crucial first step in making sure Canadians are not exposed to this harmful substance,” says Dan Demers, Director, Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society in a media release. “Once it’s known that a building contains asbestos then appropriate action can be taken to protect people from this substance.”
Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive. With or without a public registry, 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.
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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. The best protection for you and your family is permanent asbestos removal or containment.
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