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Learn about asbestos at Home and Garden Show

Join WorkSafeBC prevention officers at the Canadian Home Builders’ Northern B.C. Home and Garden Show to learn about identifying and removing asbestos before renovations and demolitions begin — for the health and safety of everyone working on the project.
Today, the most common risk of exposure to asbestos is from unsafe practices during the demolition and renovation of homes built before 1990. Contractors are responsible for protecting their workers from asbestos exposure, and homeowners planning to renovate or demolish their homes have a responsibility too. 
As part of WorkSafeBC’s 2018 occupational-diseases initiative, prevention officers will consult, educate and, when necessary, use enforcement to ensure contractors and homeowners are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Asbestos can be found in more than 3,000 different home building materials used in the decades leading up to 1990. It’s colourless, odourless and deadly when disturbed. In 2016, 85 work-related deaths — mainly from asbestos exposures decades ago — resulted from occupational disease. There is a long latency period (on average 10 to 40 years) between the time the worker breathes in asbestos fibres and when a disease can potentially develop.
For more information, go to  
Location:        Kin Centres (1 & 2) Exhibition Park,
2187 Ospika Blvd., Prince George, B.C.
Time:   Hours vary
Dates:   April 20–22, 2018
Booth # 229, Kin 2

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