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Proposed policy amendments regarding asbestos abatement licensing

In March 2022, the British Columbia Legislature passed Bill 5 to introduce certification and licensing requirements in the Workers Compensation Act for managing asbestos abatement work. At issue is the addition of a new policy item in the Prevention Manual to reflect the implementation of Bill 5, and to support the asbestos licensing model being developed by WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Services.

Proposed amendments to Part 6 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, relating to asbestos certification and licensing, are currently out for public hearing.

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Department is releasing a discussion paper and draft policy for public consultation relating to asbestos abatement licensing. You’re invited to provide feedback until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

The discussion paper, draft policy, and information on how to provide feedback can be accessed through the following link:

There are a number of ways for you to provide feedback:

(a) Comment link: This consultation is now closed.
(b) Email:
(c) Mail: Andrea Friesen
Senior Policy Advisor Policy, Regulation and Research Division
P.O. Box 5350, Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5L5

The consultation period ended at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision on the policy changes.

Please note that all comments become part of the Policy, Regulation and Research Department’s database and may be published, including the identity of organizations and those participating on behalf of organizations. The identity of those who have participated on their own behalf will be kept confidential according to the provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.