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New requirements expected to protect asbestos workers

June 9, 2023 at 11:49 am  BC, News, Politics, Provincial

Backgrounders

  • Asbestos abatement work includes removing, repairing, transporting and disposing of asbestos or materials that may contain asbestos.
  • An asbestos abatement contractor is an employer who carries out the business of asbestos abatement work.
  • Asbestos abatement contractors must have a licence to perform asbestos abatement work and must ensure workers performing this work at their workplace are trained and hold a valid certificate.
  • Diseases caused by exposure to asbestos remain the top cause of workplace death in B.C.
  • In 2022, asbestos exposure was a contributing factor in 61 of 181 workplace deaths.
  • Over the past decade, WorkSafeBC accepted more than 500 claims for workers who were killed by occupational disease related to asbestos exposure.
  • Contact WorkSafeBC’s prevention information line 24 hours, seven days a week to report any unsafe work conditions, toll-free in Canada: 1 888 621-7233

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