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WorkSafe Magazine - November/December 2018

Safety spotlight: Landfill promotes asbestos education for homeowners

When the Capital Regional District on Vancouver Island became aware that asbestos-containing materials may have been improperly entering the waste stream at Hartland Landfill, the public facility knew its staff was at risk; breathing in asbestos fibres can cause serious health problems, such as lung diseases, and cancer. Changing policies on what the facility would accept was the first step. The next? Developing a pre-approval system supported by homeowner education.

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