Province Makes Asbestos Registry Mandatory
Earlier this month, the province of Saskatchewan passed a law that makes it mandatory for crown corporations, school districts, health regions, and the provincial government to ensure their buildings are listed on the province’s on-line registry if there is asbestos present anywhere in their facilities.
Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada which has passed such a law:
We’re the first (province) in Canada that has mandated a registry and the first one that has brought it up. (Don Morgan, Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister)
Howard’s Law is named after Howard Willems, who died one year ago from cancer caused by inhaling asbestos he was exposed to as a food inspector for the federal government.
Soon after his death, the Saskatchewan government announced a voluntary registry, but Willem’s family did not think a voluntary list was good enough, so they pushed for a law. Howard’s law passed it’s third reading in the provincial legislature in April and today is law.
Our sincere hope is other provinces and the federal government passes similar legislation
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