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Asbestos: Why risk it?

Asbestos exposure remains the number one killer of workers in B.C. Whether you’re an employer, supervisor, prime contractor, or worker, you have a role to play in keeping the workplace safe.

Not dealing with asbestos properly can result in WorkSafeBC stop work orders and/or fines, which will harm your business through lost hours, blown deadlines, and cancelled projects. And if word gets out that you’re a contractor who cuts corners and doesn’t take asbestos seriously, it could harm your professional reputation.

Inspection initiative

Our prevention officers will be conducting planned inspections of worksites to ensure all jobsites are properly informed and equipped to safely remove asbestos-containing materials and are in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

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.

You can find the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and Guideline at the links below:

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

  • Notice of Project for Asbestos Work
    The OHSR requires that employers notify WorkSafeBC in writing, through a Notice of Project form, about projects where asbestos may exist.
  • Exposure Registry Program Form 41M1
    You may be entitled to compensation if you develop an occupational disease due to a hazardous exposure — now or in the future. The information obtained through the registry will be kept as a permanent record of a worker's exposure.

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