PSAC represents the largest number of federal public service employees, many who work in buildings that may contain asbestos and they don't even know it.
The International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization have calculated that over 107, 000 human beings suffer premature deaths from asbestos-related cancers and diseases annually. The World Health Organization further estimates between five and 10 million people will ultimately die from asbestos exposure. Asbestos-related cancers account for 54 per cent of all occupational cancers globally.
We must work together to inform members of the potential hazards in their workplaces and encourage OH&S committees and reps to monitor what is being done to control this deadly carcinogen.
Howard Willem, long-time PSAC member and activistm, was diagnosed with with mesothelioma (an asbestos related cancer of the lungs) and is leading the fight for safe workplaces and the banning of asbestos exportation in Canada.
Read more on asbestos related diseases:
- Bio on Howard Willem
- Official website for the Saskatchewan Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (SADAO)
- Open letter: Condemning the Conservative government's asbestos policy
- Fatal Deception: CBC documentary that looks into the asbestos industry and the harmful effects of asbestos