News Release - November 13, 2012
PROVINCE IMPROVES PUBLIC ACCESS TO ASBESTOS INFORMATION
Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan today announced that the province will launch an asbestos information web page to improve public access.
The provincial government has posted a new information guide regarding asbestos - Guidelines for Managing Asbestos in Buildings.
As well, a list of government buildings that are known to contain asbestos has been posted. School districts, universities, health regions and municipalities are encouraged to post their information on the ministry's web page.
Morgan also acknowledged Howard Willems' advocacy regarding the dangers of asbestos. Mr. Willems died on Thursday, November 8, 2012, after a long battle with mesothelioma - a rare form of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibres.
Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause chronic, irreversible, and life-threatening lung diseases. Older buildings, especially those constructed prior to 1980, may contain asbestos. Although this asbestos is typically bound in structural materials, repairs, maintenance, renovations and other processes may disturb asbestos-containing materials and release asbestos fibres into the air.
Information about asbestos and the registry can be found at www.lrws.gov.sk.ca/asbestos.
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