Asbestos: Why risk it?
Found in more than 3,000 pre-1990s building materials, asbestos can be hiding in plain sight. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause serious health problems, lung diseases, and cancer.
Not dealing with asbestos properly can result in WorkSafeBC fines or stop work orders, which will harm your business through lost hours, blown deadlines and cancelled projects. And if word gets out that you’re a contractor that cuts corners and doesn’t take asbestos seriously, it could harm your professional reputation.
It’s just not worth risking your business and your reputation
Asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in B.C. Whether you’re general contractor, abatement contractor or a demolition contractor, you are responsible for the health and safety of workers’ and that includes protecting them from asbestos exposure.
Identify asbestos properly, remove it safely and follow safe work procedures. Do your job, do it right and protect everyone from the dangers of asbestos.
Through proper planning, training, and supervision, you can eliminate or reduce the risk of workers’ exposure to asbestos. We have compiled a list of resources to help you understand your role and the ways that you can ensure everyone remains safe from occupational disease on the jobsite.
Booklets and safety manuals
- Ten simple steps to complying with asbestos abatement
Before you begin renovations or start demolishing an older home, follow these guidelines to ensure the safe detection and removal of asbestos.
- Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos
This booklet describes the safe methods and work procedures for handling and removing all types of asbestos-containing materials.
- Asbestos: Frequently Asked Questions (for homeowners)
- Asbestos - what you need to know (homeowners)
Toolbox meeting guides
Construction toolbox meeting guides provide a simple, clear format for conducting effective toolbox talks. Guides for asbestos include:
Bulletins and alerts
- Renovation and restoration projects: Low bid may not meet environmental or workplace safety requirements
- Asbestos hazards in demolition, renovation, and salvage
Video and multimedia
The following videos can be used as learning tools for management, supervisors, and crew:
- Asbestos (2 min 16 s)
- Asbestos in Construction: Contractors (1 min 01 s)
- Asbestos in Construction: Workers (1 min 20 s)
- Asbestos in Demolition and Renovation (5 min 14 s)
- Asbestos Hazards in Renovations, Restoration, and Demolition (2 min 55 s)
- The History of Asbestos in B.C. (11 min 15 s)
Forms and documents