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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.

Featured resources

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

Toolbox meeting guides

Construction toolbox meeting guides provide a simple, clear format for conducting effective toolbox talks. Guides for asbestos include:

Bulletins and alerts

Video and multimedia

The following videos can be used as learning tools for management, supervisors, and crew:

Forms and documents