Canadian Asbestos Regulations
The problem with asbestos is that it is friable and once air borne can cause significant health harm to anyone that breathes in the microscopic fibres. It is a well known fact that long term exposure to asbestos will cause asbestosis and eventually lead to a cancer referred to as mesothelioma.
The only way to verify the amount of asbestos is by testing the air, both before and after an abatement project. Post abatement is very important because this will verify the success of the work.
In Canada, each provincial government has set standards. Below are the Canadian abestos regulations for provinces and territories.
British Columbia: ≥0.5% (excluding VAI), >0% (for VAI) [B.C. Reg. 296/97 Workers Compensation Act – OHS Regulation (incl. Amendments for Part 6: Substance Specific Requirements in the OH&S Regulation October 2011]
Alberta: ≥1% [Guidelines for the Disposal of Asbestos Waste – Env. Protection Services Alberta Environment August, 1989]
Saskatchewan: ≥1% [The Occupational Health and Safety Reg., as amended by Saskatchewan Reg. 6/97, 35/2003, 112/2005, 67/2007, 91/2007, 109/2008, 18/2009 and 54/2009]
Manitoba: ≥0.1% for Friable Materials, ≥1% for Non-friable Materials [Workplace Safety and Health Act – Workplace Safety and Health Reg. 217/2006, October 31, 2006]
Ontario: ≥0.5% [Occupational Health and Safety Act – Ontario Reg. 278/05]
Quebec: ≥0.1% [Regulation Respecting the Quality of the Work Environment, RRQ, c S-2.1, r 11]
Nova Scotia: ≥1% (current under review – expect Ontario-like definition) [Managing Asbestos in Buildings: Code of Practice Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour; 1% for Friable Waste Materials as per Asbestos Waste Management Regulations – Sec. 84 of the Environment Act – N.S. Reg. 53/95]
New Brunswick: ≥1% [New Brunswick Reg. 92-106 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act]
Prince Edward Island: >1% [Occupational Health and Safety Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988]
Newfoundland and Labrador: >1% [Newfoundland and Labrador Reg. 111/98 – Asbestos Abatement Regulations, 1998 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (O.C. 98-730)]
Northwest Territories: >1% [Guideline for Management of Waste Asbestos – Department of Environment and Natural Resources]
Yukon: ≥1% [Chapter 159 Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Act]
Nunavut: >1% [Guideline: Management of Waste Asbestos – Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection Service]
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