Imported asbestos over the course of 40 years was predominantly Canadian chrysotile, with small amounts of Australian or South African crocidolite. James Hardie established an asbestos-cement factory in Penrose...read more »
"The companies that mined for asbestos became rich and powerful. But the people who worked with it on a daily basis suffered severe consequences. Pulmonary diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma...read more »
Asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral, was the material of choice for popcorn ceilings (also known as stucco or textured ceilings), until the substance was banned as a product due to the significant health hazard in 1978.
100 years ago asbestos became known as a magic mineral and the use of millions of tons of asbestos created a very profitable industry. And for almost as long, the...read more »
This video describes the history of asbestos, from its origins as a "miracle" material to its threat to worker health and safety. It includes personal stories from those who've been...read more »
Asbestos was used in construction throughout British Columbia until the late 1980s. It remains a threat to workers’ safety today. This video, produced for the BC Labour Heritage Centre, tells...read more »