Licensing of Asbestos Abatement Contractors

The provincial government has amended the Workers Compensation Act to establish requirements that asbestos abatement contractors must be licensed to operate in British Columbia, and that workers and employers who perform this work must complete mandatory safety training and certification.

WorkSafeBC will be responsible for implementing these requirements and wants to ensure workers, employers, and other stakeholders are engaged in our plans and aware of opportunities to participate in shaping specific deliverables.

As part of WorkSafeBC’s engagement plans, they will be providing quarterly updates on their progress in implementing these requirements. Their quarter 2 update is now available:

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/law-policy/act-amendments/asbestos-certification-and-licensing-implementation/quarterly-update?lang=en

This update provides an overview of the main streams of work for their implementation plan and a summary of their key engagement for this past quarter, a series of job analysis sessions they recently conducted with external stakeholders.