Canada Commits to Asbestos Ban


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An expert in asbestos illness cases has welcomed the commitment of Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to ban the use of asbestos across the country.

We only need to look at mesothelioma cases in the UK to see how a slow response to asbestos usage can cost lives.

Helen Grady, Partner in Industrial Diseases with a specialism in asbestos and mesothelioma cases, has said that while the move is overdue and it is important that other countries follow the example being set by Canada.

Asbestos Ban Highlights Dangers

The dangerous effects of asbestos exposure have been established for decades, with the toxic material being the most common cause of mesothelioma around the world.

Despite the recognised link between asbestos and serious illness many countries continue to use the harmful material in a variety of industries.

While a blanket ban on its usage should have been put in place as soon as links between asbestos and deadly illness were made, countries continuing to ban the material boosts the profile of the dangers linked to asbestos usage, as Helen explains:

"It is important that legislation and bans on asbestos continue to make the news, as it ensures that the serious dangers related to the material's usage remains in public discussion."

"In this example we see Canada banning asbestos, where it is predicted that 2,000 new cases of cancer may be linked to the material every year."

Slow Responses Cost Lives

If the Canadian Prime Minister's commitment to ban asbestos usage does become law they will be only the 56th country to ban its usage. Many major economies - including China, Russia, India, and the United States - continue to use asbestos at an alarming rate.

Helen outlines why this poses serious risks to workers:

"We only need to look at mesothelioma cases in the UK to see how a slow response to asbestos usage can cost lives."

"The UK possesses one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, because of the fact that our government was slow to implement legislation banning all asbestos – various acts came through banning different types of asbestos but a blanket ban was not imposed until 1999."

"Of course, even after an asbestos ban is imposed risks remain – asbestos is still found in household products and buildings across the UK, which explains why over 2,600 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year."

Fight for Further Bans Continues

If Canada does ratify legislation banning the import and usage of asbestos it will be a significant move in stopping its usage in other major economies.

As Helen explains, the fight will continue until a blanket ban is imposed on asbestos usage around the world:

"Campaigners are committed to stopping asbestos usage across the globe; with its direct link to cancer it is clear that this is a pressing matter."

"Due to the dormant state of asbestos in many buildings it has been described as a ticking time bomb, and continued usage of the material only increases the number of generations that are exposed to a risk that should have been overcome decades ago."

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