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New Workplace Safety Regulations for Asbestos in Effect


As of July 12, 2017, the Government of Canada’s new occupational health and safety regulations for asbestos are in effect.

Under the new regulations, employers are required to implement and maintain an asbestos exposure management program as well as provide education and training to employees who perform activities putting them at risk of asbestos exposure.

Amendments to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and national building codes forbid the use of asbestos in any new construction or renovation projects. The federal government also reaffirmed its position of support for adding chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention as a hazardous material.

Additionally, the acceptable level of workplace exposure to airborne asbestos fibres has been lowered in the Canada Labour Code, aligning the threshold across all  provinces and territories with international standards.

In December 2016, the federal government announced their plans to ban asbestos by 2018. For more details on what the ban will include, please see the news release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

For more details on the new regulations, please see the news release from Employment and Social Development Canada.

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