Health Canada has Updated Information Regarding Asbestos

JULY 2015, has reported that Health Canada has updated the information on its website regarding asbestos, now stating: “exposure to the substance in any form is dangerous.” According to the article, the website used to state that asbestos can cause lung scarring when inhaled in “significant quantities,” and that the risk depended on how often and how long someone was exposed.

The website also no longer states that chrysotile does less health damage than other types of asbestos. The Director of the University of Toronto’s Occupational Cancer Research Centre was quoted with saying, “It’s very important, because when a member of the public encounters asbestos, they don’t actually even know what kind of asbestos it is. You have to treat all asbestos alike and equally hazardous in order to prevent disease.”

The article continues with the welcome opinion of the Canadian Public Health Association being quoted with saying, “We are relieved that Canada is beginning to fulfill its moral obligation, by recognizing the well-grounded evidence, to publicly acknowledge that breathing in asbestos fibers can cause cancer and other diseases. The Government of Canada has made a good ‘public health’ decision.”

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