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If you’re a homeowner, a contractor or a worker who is renovating, restoring or demolishing a home or building constructed before 1990, be aware that you may be exposed to asbestos. Harmful asbestos fibers can be found in a multitude of materials such as: spray fire-proofing material, mechanical insulation, linoleum backing, floor tiles, vermiculite, drywall taping compound, cement board and tiles, cement pipes and decorative textured coatings. The risk of exposure to asbestos occurs when asbestos containing material is disturbed during renovation, restoration or demolition. The danger to people comes mainly from inhaling asbestos particles. Ultimate health risks of inhaling asbestos include lung cancer, asbestosis, mesothelioma and premature death. How can you protect your workers, co-workers, friends, family and yourself from exposure to asbestos? Find out with the resources and information below.
This video explains what asbestos is and the danger that can occur from inhaling it.
This video raises awareness about the precautions contractors should take to help protect their workers and themselves from exposure to asbestos.
This awareness video aims to help protect workers from asbestos exposure.
Before you start renovating your home, know the facts about asbestos.
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SAFE Work Manitoba — a division of the WCB is the public agency dedicated to the prevention of workplace injury and illness.
Working with our partners in the safety community, we provide prevention education, safety programming, consulting and strategic direction to create a genuine culture of safety for all Manitobans.