Asbestos: be aware enforcement initiative

Source:  WorkSafeBC Initiatives for Construction

imageFrom June 1 to December 31, 2015, WorkSafeBC prevention officers will conduct planned inspections of residential demolition and renovation worksites to ensure homeowners, prime contractors, hazardous material survey contractors, asbestos abatement contractors, and consultants are informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos containing materials and are complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.


Ten simple steps to complying with asbestos abatement
This document oulines 10 steps to compliance based on Section 20.112 of B.C.’s Occupational Health & Safety Regulation (OHSR) for demolition of a pre-1990 constructed house/building.
NOTE: This publication is also available in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese,French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos (PDF 1.4 MB)
This booklet describes the safe methods for handling of all types of asbestos-containing materials (ACM). It discusses work procedures for the removal, enclosure, and encapsulation of ACM.

Construction Toolbox Meeting Guides
Toolbox Meeting Guides provide a simple, clear format for conducting effective toolbox talks.

Asbestos: Frequently Asked Questions (for homeowners) (PDF 173 KB)

Asbestos house postcard (PDF 172 KB)

Notice of Project for Asbestos Work (submit online)
The OHSR requires that employers notify WorkSafeBC in writing, through a Notice of Project form, about projects where asbestos may exist.

Asbestos in Construction (video)

video thumbnail Asbestos exposure is the number one killer of workers in B.C. This video series shows various reactions to the dangers of asbestos exposure. (2 min 49 s)
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A comprehensive website dedicated to providing a wide range of resources on asbestos is available at

Exposure Registry Program Form 41M1 (PDF 216 KB)

You may be entitled to compensation as set out under section 6 of the Worker’s Compensation Act if you develop an occupational disease due to the exposure — now or in the future.

Due to the latency and long period of exposure required for the onset of some occupational diseases, WorkSafeBC has created this exposure registry as a way for workers, employers, and others to register a worker’s exposure to a harmful substance or agent at work. The information obtained through the registry will be kept as a permanent record of a worker’s exposure.

History of Asbestos in B.C. (video)

video thumbnail Asbestos was used in construction throughout B.C. until the late 1980’s. It remains a threat to workers’ safety today. This video, tells the story of asbestos use and the price workers and their families have paid in disease and death. WorkSafeBC produced this video in partnership with the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre. (11 min 15 s)
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