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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Canadian Asbestos Register of Public Buildings Now On-Line

Deadly asbestos building materials remain in many structures
In an effort to protect workers and public from deadly asbetsos fiber, the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan has now mandated that builings containing asbestos fiber be publically listed and the list published to the Internet.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral which was widely used in the manufacture of a variety of products beginning in the late nineteenth century. Although the majority of exposure to asbestos occurred between 1940 and 1980, in occupations such as construction, shipyards, railroads, insulation, sheet metal, automobile repair, and other related fields, exposure coninutes to this day. Asbestos fibers are inhaled by workers and remain in the lungs where they can cause disease, ie. asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Fibers are also inhalled by family members or any other person coming into contact with asbestos whereever it may be. We believe that the evidence shows that the companies which manufactured these products knew that their products would injure people, and that they actively conspired to hide this information in order to keep selling their products, and as a result they are now being held liable for the resulting injuries.

Required Notifications of High Risk Asbestos Processes

When a process is considered a “high-risk asbestos process,” employers, contractors or owners are required to notify the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the intention to begin the work, at least 14 days in advance.

Learn more about what a high-risk process is (see Table 5 on page 258 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations) and how to submit a notification.

Saskatchewan Asbestos Register of Public Buildings

The Saskatchewan Asbestos Register (SAR) has been created to share information about public buildings assessed for the presence of asbestos.  Provincial and municipal governments, regional health authorities, and school districts have been invited to list this information for government buildings, healthcare facilities, and schools.
Jon L.Gelman of Wayne NJ, helping asbestos victims and their families for over 4 decades, is the author NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thompson).  

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