Province Makes Asbestos Registry Mandatory

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

Further Reading
Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?
Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?
Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement?
What Percentage of Lung Cancers are Caused by Asbestos?
Canadian Asbestos Regulations
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]
Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!

10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
BanAsbestos.us
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”

Mandatory Saskatchewan Registry for Asbestos Passes

Mandatory Saskatchewan Registry for Asbestos Passes
The province of Saskatchewan will become the first province in Canada to implement mandatory reporting of asbestos.
Howard’s Law is named after Howard Willems, a building inspector who died from mesothelioma caused by breathing asbestos fibers. During the last part of his life, Willems and his family fought for Saskatchewan to have a mandatory registry. Prior to his death, Willems believed that his mesothelioma could have been prevented had he known of the existence of asbestos in the buildings he inspected.
According to Health Minister, Dustin Duncan:
People want and deserve to have easier access to information about the presence of asbestos in public buildings. A public registry will help provide residents with relevant information about this important issue.
All provinces should create a registry! The video below explains the problem of asbestos in Canada and also features an interview with Willems, expressing his concerns. Rest in Peace, Mr. Willems, let’s hope the Saskatchewan initiative will serve as a catalyst and inspiration for other provinces to follow suit.

Further Reading
Why is Asbestos a Health Hazard?
Can You Get Mesothelioma from Attending School?
Why is a Shower Essential to Asbestos Abatement?
What Percentage of Lung Cancers are Caused by Asbestos?
Canadian Asbestos Regulations
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]
Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!
10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
BanAsbestos.us
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”

Saskatchewan, First Canadian Province, to Create Asbestos Registry

Saskatchewan, First Canadian Province, to Create Asbestos Registry
Saskatchewan, the first province to introduce universal health coverage in Canada is now leading the charge to protect its citizens from asbestos.
On November 13th, Workplace Safety Minister, Don Morgan, announced that the province will create an asbestos information website listing government buildings that contain asbestos.
“What we would like to do … is take every step we can to have a greater amount of public knowledge, public understanding and ensure that contractors or people that are working in areas where asbestos is located know about it and know the steps that they need to take,” he said.
The registry follows the death last week of Howard Willems, a former building inspector, who died from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that comes from inhaling asbestos fibres. According to Willems, people should be aware of asbestos in buildings, especially if construction is being done. He said that he would have taken steps to protect himself had he known there was asbestos in the buildings he inspected.
Although Willems family are happy with this government initiative, they think the government should do more.
“It’s a good first step, but that’s really all it is, it’s a first step,” said Willems’s stepson Jesse Todd.
“If you read what’s on their website, they’re saying that there will be no list for schools or hospitals or for health region buildings. It will be voluntary information submitted by these people and a voluntary program is just not going to work. We need to have a mandatory program where all health regions and school districts have to submit information about buildings containing asbestos.”
Todd said his stepfather wanted parents to know if their children’s schools have asbestos, especially if renovations are being done.
“It’s a pretty scary thought you know, to think of how many kids could be exposed and the future consequences.”
The Opposition NDP introduced a private member’s bill in the Saskatchewan legislature that would require details about asbestos containment in public buildings be listed online. The bill, which the NDP suggests be called Howard’s Law, has had a second reading in the assembly.
All provinces should create a registry! The video below, which features an interview with Willems, explains why this has not happened. It all revolves around financial concerns, which could cost governments billions in compensation suits.
Let’s hope the Saskatchewan initiative will serve as a catalyst for other provinces to follow suit.

Further Reading
Canadian Asbestos Regulations
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]
Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!

10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
BanAsbestos.us
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”