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On the job: how you may be exposed to asbestos

Did you know that asbestos exposure is Canada’s leading cause of workplace death?

worker taking asbestos in an old factoryIn Canada, exposure to asbestos is highest for people who work with it. Those types of jobs include:

  • construction
  • home and building renovation
  • maintenance in certain industries (smelting, petroleum, refining and pulp and paper)
  • repairing vehicle brakes
  • repairing ships

People who work with asbestos can also expose their families if fibres come home on them or their clothing.

If you work with asbestos, make sure your employer follows the regulations so that you are exposed as little as possible. If you are an employer, make sure you know how to make your work environment as safe as possible. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (1-800-668-4284) can help answer any questions you may have.

Learn more about asbestos in the workplace from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

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