June 6: New Asbestos Requirements Took Effect

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The Regulation to Amend the Regulation Respecting Occupational Health and Safety and the Safety Code for the Construction Industry took effect June 6 and imposes new obligations on employers regarding safe management of asbestos. Employers have two years to conduct an inspection and locate flocking and heat insulating material containing asbestos. They must also:

  • Check for the presence of asbestos in the materials and products likely to contain some before undertaking work liable to generate dust
  • Train and inform workers before undertaking work liable to produce asbestos dust emissions
  • Keep and update a register of information with regards to flocking and heat insulating material and allow disclosure of this information.