Share the word about asbestos hazards in the workplace

To mark this year’s Day of Mourning, BC Insulators Local 118 has developed a series of shareable social media graphics to highlight the danger of asbestos in member workplaces.

“We’re keeping the issue top of mind among members, their families, other workers and the general public,” says union Business Manager Lee Loftus.

“Local 118 members can share the word about the ongoing threat of asbestos where they work by putting these information graphics on their Facebook and Twitter pages.”

To download and share the graphics, click on the images, then save them to your computer or camera roll:

While asbestos is no longer mined in Canada and its use has been curtailed, the primary hazard for BC Insulators is in older buildings where the material was used as insulation on pipes and in attics.

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.

Find out more about the Mesothelioma Study here.