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A complaint by a resident north of Toronto and the GTA underscores the way asbestos was once used – virtually anywhere in residential and industrial construction, and also in public infrastructure.

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Asbestos In Concrete Pipes

When asbestos was king of construction materials, you might find it in any one of more than 3,000 products from floor to ceiling. Most of the time, asbestos was mixed with other materials to create ACM (asbestos containing materials). Water SystemsAsbestos and ACM, however, weren’t only used in residential and commercial construction. It was also…

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Asbestos In Flooring

City hall in St. Catharines, a small city in the Niagara peninsula just southwest of the GTA, is renovating, and dealing with a common issue in older buildings: asbestos in flooring. Here’s the situation: Glue underneath laminate flooring had deteriorated, causing the tiles to bubble up. The floor tiles contain asbestos, which is now crumbling…

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BCCSA Leads Country In Asbestos Education

BCCSA – the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance – has launched a new online course about working with asbestos that is a first in Canada. The system will be launched later this year. Asbestos expertiseAt GreenStream, we have been in the asbestos removal business for decades, and our experienced technicians are trained, and constantly upgrading…

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Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) recently released a statement. “Asbestos-related diseases are by far the number one cause of death in the workplace. Mesothelioma is almost exclusively linked to exposure to asbestos. Yet many of us have never heard of it.” It’s a situation that the organization would like to change. Many cases of asbestos…

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asbestos flood

A recent landlord/tenant dispute highlights the dangers of asbestos and flooding. In a case that occurred in Calgary, Alberta, a tenant faced eviction after withholding the rent from their apartment. Their reason? Flooding (four times in 16 months) and asbestos floor tiles. We can’t comment on the rent dispute. But, we can underscore the dangerous…

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Beyond the Asbestos Ban

In late 2018, the Canadian federal government finally did the right thing, and put the asbestos ban into effect. For most of the 20th century, and now into the 21st, asbestos continues to be a public health hazard, and a leading cause of workplace deaths. Beyond the ban: PreventionMany health and safety experts are now…

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