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Saskatchewan first province to require mandatory asbestos reporting

By COS Staff
| www.cos-mag.com

The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed The Public Health (Howard’s Law) Amendment Act which makes the web-based Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry mandatory for crown corporations, school districts, health regions and facilities and provincial government buildings.

The mandatory registry was created due to the efforts of Howard Willems, who passed away a year ago after being diagnosed with cancer as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers.

“It is fitting that we honour Mr. Willems, who passed away one year ago, with the proclamation of this bill,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “This registry would not have been possible without the passionate advocacy of Mr. Willems.”

To construct an effective registry, the government held consultations over the summer regarding asbestos and the requirements for the registry.

“This registry will improve the health, safety and well being of our workers and their families,” Health Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “In addition to the registry, publications that address the safe removal and handling of asbestos are available.”

In November 2012, the government launched a voluntary registry, encouraging schools, health regions and municipalities to post information about asbestos containing material in buildings.

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