A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living with #Mesothelioma. Celebration Canada Bans #Asbestos And A Guest Blog From Helena Pekar

Federal government moves to ban asbestos by 2018 So many Asbestos Activists are celebrating today –This is a good day as with a bit of luck this will shame the US into following

by Canadian Press

Posted Dec 15, 2016 8:58 am EST

Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 9:10 am EST

Michelle Cote’s father, Ken, recently died from asbestos-related mesothelioma. Jason White

OTTAWA – The federal government is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.

The comprehensive ban is designed to include construction materials and brake pads that currently use the cancer-causing agent.

Even minute amounts of asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer or deadly mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer.

Thousands of Canadians continue to suffer from the long-term impacts of decades of heavy asbestos use.

Canada closed its last asbestos mines a decade ago, but has continued to obstruct international efforts to list it as a hazardous substance.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan says that stance will change in the next Rotterdam Convention

Today is a great day as Canada


(Revised October 16, 2016)

National Asbestos Bans:1

Algeria Denmark Ireland Mozambique Seychelles3
Argentina Egypt Israel Netherlands Slovakia*
Australia Estonia Italy New Caledonia Slovenia
Austria Finland Japan New Zealand South Africa
Bahrain France Jordan2 Norway Spain
Belgium Gabon Korea (South) Oman Sweden
Brunei Germany Kuwait Poland Switzerland
Bulgaria Gibraltar Latvia Portugal* Turkey
Chile Greece* Lithuania* Qatar United Kingdom
Croatia Honduras Luxembourg Romania Uruguay
Cyprus* Hungary* Malta* Saudi Arabia
Czech Republic* Iceland Mauritius Serbia

Notes. Singapore and Taiwan were removed from the ban list (Oct 2010) as a result of information received.

Mongolia was removed from the ban list (August 2012) as a result of information received detailing the cancellation on June 8, 2011 of the Mongolian Government’s Resolution No. 192 banning asbestos which was issued on July 14, 2010.


Laurie has updated her list today she must be so happy http://ibasecretariat.org/chron_ban_list.php

Laurie Kazan-Allen Retweeted Canadian Labour

Thanking Canadian Labour & all the union groups, victims and ban activists in GREAT JOB!

Lauries Blog Is here


There are so many Organisations Publishing their thoughts and Congratulations here is ADAO http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/42226

Press Release: ADAO President Congratulates Canada on Comprehensive Asbestos Ban by 2018, Sees this as Opportunity for U.S. to Swiftly Follow Suit

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2016

Asbestos Disease Awareness Org. President Congratulates Canada on Comprehensive Asbestos Ban by 2018, Sees this as Opportunity for U.S. to Swiftly Follow Suit

A Major Producer and Consumer of Asbestos for Decades, Canada Now Becomes the Leader in Movement for an Asbestos-free North America

The Twitters are great I will be reading all night

I have a guest blog today

Picture from web.

Asbestos – What do I really need to know?

This fluffy green stone in front of you is serpentine asbestos in its natural form. In fact – asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral formed by a unique combination of 6 other minerals that are also found in the nature today. This unique formation caused by natural grouping of minerals has given asbestos its beautiful and its deadly crystal fibre structure.

Asbestos does not dissolve in water, it does not evaporate, it is resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological degradation in any form, it is sound proof and it is a great binder. The word Asbestos itself is a translation of other words used by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who are believed to be the first people on earth to have ever used asbestos in clothing and construction purposes.

The ancient world was all fascinated with the unique, mystical, miraculous and strong mineral. Asbestos used to be almost as valuable as gold, and was often seen as a present from the gods – and used in various rituals to illustrate their magical powers (a trick that was also used in the Medieval Era). With the time, the ancient doctors started noticing and documenting “Sickness of the lungs” in slaves who worked in the asbestos mines – and the damage caused by asbestos has slowly started to reach the surface…

Although they were the first to use it so widely for their time, the ancient Romans and Greeks were not the first to find asbestos. There is evidence of asbestos mining from as early as 4,000 years ago – and the greatest peak of popularity of asbestos was during a phase we now call The Industrial Revolution (About 260 years ago). Due to the same amazing qualities of asbestos that have once fascinated the ancient Greeks and Romans so much, asbestos has soon become a major commercial item again, and this time it was commonly used as an insulator for high temperature products like ovens, steam pipes, turbines and more. Asbestos mines started opening up all over the world – And by 1,900 (this time modern doctors) started reporting lung sickness and pulmonary fibrosis in asbestos textile factories and asbestos mines workers. By WWII asbestos was already used in ships, cars, cement and more.

Today you can still find asbestos in floor and ceiling tiles, roofs, siding, insulation, cement, joint compounds, electric boards, fire places, walls and more. If not touched or disturbed, well colour-coated and in good condition – asbestos is usually not considered an immediate risk to health, however anyone who disturbs an asbestos containing material, or is exposed to a disturbed asbestos – can be seriously affected.

If you suspect that you may have asbestos in your building – It is very important that you have it surveyed and removed if required by an authorised asbestos professional. Do not make any attempts to remove the asbestos yourself.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, and the smallest amount can lead to fatality within 10, 15 or 20 years. The visible fibres of asbestos composed of millions of microscopic fibrils that can be released by various movements and enter the body – once inhaled, the fibres cannot come out and they cause critical damage including Asbestosis, Pleural Effusion, Atelectasis, Mesothelioma, Lung cancer, Pleural plaques, Diffuse pleural thickening and more.

According to the recent World Health Organisation estimates, more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos related sicknesses. Asbestos is now banned in 55 countries worldwide, but not in China, Russia, India, Canada or the US.

Have I mentioned asbestos cigarette filters?? 🙂 You might want to google that!!

Asbestos has not been used in domestic building materials in Australia since the 1980s and was officially banned in Australia on the 31 December, 2003. It is illegal to import, store, supply, sell, install, use or re-use any asbestos containing materials in Australia.

Remember – Asbestos looks differently to other building products and is often easy to recognise when exposed. Search the internet and the books to find out more about its unique specifications – always report about asbestos but never touch it yourself. Your little discovery – can save lives!

Stay safe guys!!




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