April 1-7 is Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Written by Jose Barinque, Marketing, Business Development, Pinchin Ltd.

What is Asbestos Awareness Week?

Picture of asbestos fibres

Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) runs from April 1st to 7th. It is an annual initiative aiming to increase awareness and help prevent asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and there is no safe level of exposure. Yet, asbestos mining and use continues to this day, and far too many people remain in the dark about their risk of exposure. Asbestos-related diseases continue to kill more than 200,000 people globally each year. Most of these deaths are caused by work-related exposure.

Goals of Global Asbestos Awareness Week

  • Advocate for better compliance with existing asbestos laws and regulations
  • Advocate for stricter asbestos laws and regulations, including asbestos bans
  • Increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure
  • Increase awareness of safety measures to manage asbestos products and asbestos in buildings

Why Asbestos Awareness is Important to Pinchin?

Lab analyst analyzing asbestos

Asbestos awareness holds dear to us as Pinchin’s original focus was to train on the assessment and safe removal of asbestos building materials, to survey buildings for asbestos, and to inspect remediation projects. In 1986, we opened our first asbestos laboratory in Mississauga which is now the largest of its kind in Canada. Pinchin offers superior lab services as part of our full service environmental consulting and health and safety business. We provide reliable, confidential lab results on a fee-for-service basis either at our state-of-the-art facilities or in the field, if required. On average our asbestos laboratory analyzes approximately 75,000 samples per year.

This podcast was hosted by Camfil on March 4th, 2024 with Pinchin expert, Stephen Booth, discussing Asbestos and Mould. To listen to the entire episode, click here.

Asbestos Fibres under Polarized Light Microscope (PLM)

Learn How To Take an Asbestos or Vermiculite Sample in Your Home

Chain of Custody form when submitting asbestos/vermiculite samples

If you are concerned about asbestos or other hazardous materials in your home, below are links to learn how you identify and sample these materials.
Learn more about Asbestos In Your Home

Download our Homeowner’s Chain of Custody Form

Courses/Webinar Resources

Pinchin also offers various courses/webinars related to asbestos. Whether you are someone who may encounter asbestos in the workplace/home or if you are a worker who will be carrying out work on asbestos-containing materials, Pinchin has you covered. Watch some of our recent webinars below.

Hazardous Building Materials – Best Practices & Regulations webinar

Updates to the Manitoba Guide for Asbestos Management webinar

Blog Resources

Pinchin’s subject matter experts regularly provide updates in the form of blogs. We have many blogs pertaining to asbestos.

Pinchin Support

If you need support with any of your projects or want more information about our Hazardous Materials or Environmental Laboratory related services, please contact your local Pinchin office, one of our regional Practice Leaders or our Asbestos Laboratory Manager.

Sean Douglas
National Practice Leader

Ben Rombough Regional Practice Leader, British Columbia

Alex Brett
Regional Practice Leader, GTA

Michael Harrett
Regional Practice Leader, Ontario & Atlantic Canada

Mike Rennick
Regional Practice Leader, Alberta

Edwin Wooster
Regional Practice Leader, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Ontario

Leslie Heywood
Regional Practice Leader, Southwest Ontario

Kendra Bertuzzi
Laboratory Manager, Asbestos Services