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News » Canada » New asbestos rules come into force » published 14 Jul 2017

New asbestos rules come into force

The government of Canada has introduced further rules to protect workers from asbestos.

As part of a comprehensive ban on asbestos, the government is enhancing the Canada Labour Code for workers by lowering the exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos to as close to zero as possible.

"Every employee has the right to a safe workplace,” said minister of employment, workforce development and labour Patty Hajdu. “I'm proud to be announcing these long overdue regulatory changes on asbestos, a key element of our government's comprehensive ban on asbestos.”

The changes to occupational health and safety regulations on asbestos are designed to lower the risk of workers coming into contact with asbestos in the workplace, while ensuring consistency with most provincial and territorial regulations for airborne asbestos fibre. They will also align the asbestos exposure standards with the highest, safest standard in Canada and internationally.

The new regulatory provisions include an asbestos exposure management program, which requires employers to provide education and training for employees involved in asbestos-related work activities, such as handling, removal, repair or disturbance of asbestos-containing materials that could expose employees to asbestos in the workplace.

In addition to the amendments to occupational health and safety regulations on asbestos announced today, the broader government of Canada strategy to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018 introduces other changes. These include new regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, updates to national building codes to prohibit the use of asbestos in new construction and renovation projects across Canada and support for listing chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention as a hazardous material.

 

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This article was published on 14 Jul 2017 (last updated on 14 Jul 2017).

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