The government of Saskatchewan is enacting asbestos regulations to make buildings safer for workers.
Occupational health and safety asbestos regulations have been amended to include additional forms of asbestos to be reported, to provide clarity of definitions and to update required information, such as characteristics, accessibility and location.
"These new requirements will improve safety by better informing workers on asbestos exposure,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.
The Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety will focus on awareness and education from now until June 1, 2014, when compliance and enforcement will come in to effect for all asbestos related activities.
The Public Health Act, 1994, requires prescribed public building owners to submit information about the presence of asbestos to the registry. Owners who have already provided information are required to review the amended regulations and if necessary provide an updated submission to the registry.
The registry applies to buildings owned by:
• Crown corporations
• health regions and their affiliates
• the provincial government.
Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada that has a web based asbestos registry.
For guidelines, a submission form and information visit www.saskatchewan.ca/asbestos.