Study puts annual cost to Canada of asbestos disease at $2.35 billion

Wed, Sep 20, 2017


Kathleen Ruff,

A study by the Institute for Work & Health shows that the annual cost to Canada for asbestos-related diseases is much higher than previously estimated. The research, carried out by health economist, Emile Tompa, and a team of scientists, included workers and family members who were exposed to asbestos fibres carried home on a worker’s clothing.

The original study, The economic burden of lung cancer and mesothelioma due to occupational and para-occupational asbestos exposure, published in July 2017 in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, estimated the costs to Canada of asbestos exposure at $1.9 billion.

The new figures include the value of activities in the home, thus giving a more complete assessment of the costs.

See: Costs related to asbestos exposure much higher than original estimates: IWH



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