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Assess and Manage Asbestos Related Risks in the Workplace

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HAMILTON, ONTARIO -- The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has launched an e-course to help individuals recognize, assess, and manage asbestos-related risks in the workplace.

“People contact our Safety InfoLine and regularly ask about asbestos in buildings. Workers who are exposed to asbestos are at risk of developing serious diseases years after they are exposed,” Gareth Jones, president and chief executive officer at the CCOHS, “It is our hope that the guidance in this course will help promote safe work and prevent further asbestos related illnesses.”

While the use of asbestos in newly-installed products has diminished greatly in Canada in recent decades, many older applications remain in homes, buildings, and products.

The e-course, Asbestos in the Workplace, will provide employers, health and safety advisors, committee members, building owners, and property managers with an understanding of the hazards associated with asbestos, and how to manage and take action against them.

Participants can expect to learn how to find sources of asbestos in the workplace, how to identify situations that could pose a risk of asbestos exposure, how asbestos hazards are assessed, and how to access legislation and other resource materials to help manage asbestos in the workplace.

The e-course, Asbestos in the Workplace, is available from the CCOHS website: www.ccohs.ca/products/courses/asbestos/.

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