Local 118 is a leader in research on asbestos-related illness in the workplace, and safe asbestos removal. We have assisted WorksafeBC in establishing claims, and supported research to prove the link between asbestos exposure and illness.
We are currently funding a study, together with the BC Insulation Contractors Association (BCICA), to discover early detection and treatment for mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer directly related to asbestos exposure. We are seeking participants for this study. If you think you may have been exposed, are between the ages of 50 – 79 years old, and would like to participate, please contact us.
Insulation workers, particularly those working prior to the mid-1980s before mandatory respiration protection was introduced and enforced, are vulnerable to the disease. Because asbestos-related illnesses can take between 20 and 50 years to develop, new cases continue to be diagnosed each year. This means that asbestos-related disease, even many years after exposure, is still the leading cause of workplace-related deaths in BC.
If you have questions about your health because of exposure to asbestos, you should consult an Occupational Physician. They have specialized knowledge and experience that your GP may not have. If you can not locate an Occupational Physician, please contact the Union office and we can provide you with a list of names in BC.