Asbestos once widely used because of its resistance to fire and heat – is now considered a leading workplace killer in Canada. Last year the death toll of BC construction workers increased by 40% due to the passing of individuals exposed to asbestos at work decades ago. Asbestos is still present in many structures across BC, it is imperative to protect and educate workers against potential exposure.

Dave’s Story

When Dave Ford retired as an electrician at a Powell River pulp and paper mill, two years later, he was diagnosed with cancer, eighteen months after that, he died.  Dave had mesothelioma, a cancer in the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos. Dave’s daughter Tracy describes her father as safety conscious but unaware of the deadly materials he was handling day to day. Tracy has collaborated with WorkSafeBC to create awareness that work-related diseases such as those related to asbestos have now surpassed traumatic injuries to become the leading cause of work place deaths in the province. After her father’s passing, Tracy and her Mother launched the Asbestos Related Research Education & Advocacy (AREA) Fund in 2010. Besides creating awareness and providing financial help to asbestos-related research their goal is to ban asbestos completely and provide support strategies for victims.


EnviroSafety asbestos awareness training educates employees about the dangers of working with materials that may contain asbestos. This course gives the participant the information required to understand what is involved in hazard identification associated with asbestos, and how to help prevent exposure. The outcome will leave the student with an understanding of the hazards associated to common asbestos environments & common practices that should be employed when there is a potential for asbestos exposure. This course is one component of an asbestos control plan.

To find out more about this training or how we can support you with an asbestos control plan please contact [email protected] or 604-298-7777.