VICTORIA, B.C. – The province is inviting British Columbians to submit their feedback on proposed health and safety requirements for contractors, employers, and workers who undertake asbestos abatement work.

According to a provincial release, asbestos-related diseases are the leading cause of workplace deaths in B.C. and workers continue to be exposed to the extremely hazardous substance.

In an effort to improve workplace health and safety, the provincial government is proposing new standards under the Worker’s Compensation Act that would require:

“The proposed amendments would help strengthen the existing regulatory requirements for asbestos abatement work. All abatement contractors would need to be licensed to operate in B.C. and their workers would have to complete training in the safe handling of asbestos,” the Province said in a release.

“All contractors in good standing would be listed on a publicly accessible registry so that building owners can ensure they are hiring a qualified company with trained workers,” the Province continued.

The provincial government would like to hear from a broad range of British Columbians, including workers, employers, contractors, building and homeowners, and the general public. The consultation will be open from Tuesday, January 11th, to Friday, February. 11th, 2022. To participate, visit https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/asbestos-abatement-licensing-and-training.

To learn more about WorkSafeBC’s Asbestos Initiatives Program: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/hazards-exposures/asbestos