Every year over 107,000 people die of exposure to asbestos around the world. It's maddening to think that once it's known that a building has asbestos in it, easy steps can be taken to protect workers and inhabitants, but that right now, most people in Saskatchewan are in the dark about whether they're exposed to asbestos. People who live in buildings not knowing asbestos is there and construction workers renovating buildings can be exposed to this substance.
The Saskatchewan Government has published a list of some government buildings containing asbestos, but not all. Schools, senior care homes, hospitals, public and commercial building constructed up to 1980 contain asbestos and these buildings in particular are not included in the government registry.
Schools and hospitals and seniors homes should be first priority in figuring out if buildings have asbestos and making the information public!
The Legislature will be voting on this in March. Sign our petition and tell Saskatchewan's MLAs that the Asbestos Registry MUST include schools, hospitals, seniors homes, public and commercial buildings.
- Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Government of Saskatchewan
- Minister of Health, Government of Saskatchewan
- Sponsor of Bill 604, MLA For Saskatoon Massey Place
- Premier of Saskatchewan
The UN World Health Organization estimates that over 107,000 die each year from asbestos exposure, accounting for 54% of all occupational cancers alone globally. They further predict up to 10 million people will be dead by 2030 because of all the asbestos fibers that kill at least 300 people every day.
In Canada there are millions of feet of asbestos insulation and materials that are presently in place and rapidly deteriorating and now we have a public health crisis that desperately needs attention.
Schools, senior care homes, hospitals, public and commercial building constructed up to 1980 contain asbestos.
According to CAREX Canada over 4200 workers in Saskatchewan have been exposed to Asbestos.
The public is by and large uneducated in the recognition of and dealing with asbestos.
The public has no knowledge whatsoever if asbestos is in the ambient environment when they enter a school, public or commercial building.
I urge the government to create a publicly accessible registry of all schools, public and commercial building that contain asbestos and the condition of asbestos within those buildings.
I call on the Government of Saskatchewan to support Bill 604 tabled by Opposition MLA Cam Broten on Nov. 2nd which calls for the govt. to publish information they already have. Every citizen has a right to know if asbestos is present in public buildings and to make decisions accordingly.
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