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OHS Canada: New CSA report urges national standard for managing asbestos

Once hailed as a miracle material, exposure to asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma

July 21, 2021  by OHS Canada

Asbestos has been widely used in a range of industries for over a century, because of its resistance to heat and corrosion. (Stanislav/Adobe Stock)

In 2018, the Canadian government made it illegal to import, manufacture, sell, trade or use products that are made with or contain asbestos.

The asbestos ban didn’t make it all disappear. Asbestos continues to be a significant workplace hazard, with thousands exposed and hundreds killed from exposure each year.

Even before the ban, use of asbestos containing materials in Canada had been on the decline; however, the threat of legacy material in workplaces remains.

Read more on OHS Canada, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.

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