Federal Government Remains Strict on Asbestos
The health risks associated with asbestos are as well-known as they are severe. That being said, until recently the government characterized the most common form of it, Chrysotile, in a different way. This was in an attempt to downplay the risks. Pressure from medical health experts paved way for changes. This only further drives home the dangers of this substance and why it needs to be detected and removed.
What is chrysotile?
This strand of the substance is by far the most common. Also known as “white asbestos”, it accounts for nearly 95% of the supply worldwide. This means that it is the most common kind used in homes across the nation. Until recently, it was an extremely lucrative export from Quebec, and it was only recently that the last of the mines went bankrupt.
What was changed?
Until the changes were made, Health Canada referred to this form as less dangerous than other forms of the mineral. This was done to downplay the risks and differentiate it from more harmful forms of the mineral. It was also due in part to lack of knowledge. The government’s website, after a thorough review of the information has changed the site to reflect medical opinion. It now states that inhaling it can cause cancer and other diseases.
Recognition of the dangers
Despite government support from past administrations, the industry has collapsed. Nations around the world are beginning to completely do away with the material. Members of the health community have called the former stance reprehensible and have applauded the change. More than 50 countries have already banned it and more are soon to follow. Recognition of how dangerous this mineral can be is vital to keeping our nations safe and healthy.
This substance can cause cancer and other diseases if inhaled, and if you suspect that it is in your home, you need to call a professional asbestos removal service immediately. We are happy to see the Canadian government recognize just how dangerous all forms of asbestos can be. This change to federal language only further reflects the dangers and why it needs to be taken seriously.