Asbestos Still a Major Health Concern for Workers across the Globe
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) reminds workers and industry of the need to protect employees and the public from exposure to asbestos.
Controlling asbestos exposure now can reduce future asbestos related illnesses and deaths.
Recently, The Globe and Mail published an article that reported that asbestos exposure is the single largest on-the-job killer in Canada. The publication found that more than a third of approved workplace death claims in 2013 were due to asbestos exposure, which was more than the combined number of job-related fatalities from highway accidents, fires and chemical exposures. The Association of Worker’s Compensation Boards of Canada provided the data which listed mesothelioma, followed by asbestosis, as the major causes of the asbestos-related deaths.
Worker exposure to asbestos is not limited to Canada; it’s an international concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are approximately 125 million people in the world that are exposed to asbestos at the workplace. They also estimate that more than 107,000 deaths each year are attributable to occupational exposure to asbestos.
Helping to protect workers and the public from the hazards associated with exposure to asbestos are the Certified Industrial Hygienists working for industry, institutions and government agencies across the globe. A CIH® is trained and experienced in anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling a wide variety of chemical, physical and biological hazards, including asbestos.
“While many people may think asbestos has been banned, regulations vary from country to country and it can still be found in occupational and non-occupational settings,” said Tracy Parsons, CIH®, Administrative Program Manager at the American Board of Industrial Hygiene®. “Controlling asbestos exposure now can reduce future asbestos related illnesses and deaths. Many CIHs are specifically trained to significantly reduce the risks associated with asbestos.”
The American Board of Industrial Hygiene encourages companies, agencies and organizations to utilize CIHs in order to better quantify and manage their risks involving worker and community exposure to asbestos. To learn more about ABIH®, the Certified Industrial Hygienist® program or to locate a CIH to perform industrial hygiene services, please visit www.ABIH.org, email abih@ABIH.org or call (517) 321-2638.
About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world’s largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement. Currently, approximately 6800 people are certified to use the CIH designation.
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