Canadian university looks to battle asbestosRyerson University in Canada is searching for a company to evaluate how much asbestos is currently on campus, according to a recent request filed by the university.
The inquiry is seeking engineering and environmental consulting firms that can help the university assess the level of the dangerous mineral.
As much of the campus was built during the 1960s, a number of buildings are deteriorating and are at risk for asbestos exposure, the EyeOpener reports.
Asbestos was a popular building material used mainly before the 1980s, but by the 1960s, it was discovered to cause serious illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
According to a 2008 status report on asbestos-containing materials at Ryerson University, several buildings on campus, including a residence hall and art building, have shown traces of the deadly mineral.
Jackson Tang, a supervisor at the Purchasing Office who is in charge of the contract proposal, said the inquiry is in its preliminary stages.
"We encourage everyone who thinks they are qualified to come out and evaluate this situation at Ryerson," Tang told the news provider.
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