What is this engagement about?
Did you know that asbestos is the number-one killer of workers in B.C. and that the rate of asbestos-related occupational diseases is on the rise?
The Ministry of Labour is leading a working group determined to better protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of asbestos. The group includes representatives from the ministries of Labour; Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Municipal Affairs and Housing; and Health. WorkSafeBC is also represented.
Last year, the working group sought public feedback on its initial recommendations to strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the safe use, handling, abatement and disposal of asbestos. Your feedback directly informed the draft final report. Read more about the results of the previous Asbestos Practices engagement.
We are asking for your feedback again on the recommendations presented in this report Keeping Workers, the Public and the Environment Safe from Asbestos.
Please email your feedback on the report to LCS.LABOUR@gov.bc.ca by February 15, 2019 at 4pm.
The report identifies the following broad and specific concerns about the asbestos abatement and disposal process. Your feedback can help strengthen the recommendations on the following:
- A licensing or certification requirement for contractors, consultants and surveyors who work with asbestos.
- Options for increasing capacity within B.C. for the safe disposal of materials that contain asbestos.
- Opportunities to create provincially recognized standards and programs for the training of asbestos abatement workers.
- Opportunities to create an incentive-based program to encourage safe asbestos removal practices from buildings, such as a home renovation rebate program to help people with the costs.
How can my contribution make a difference?
This feedback will be used to help government narrow-in on solutions and shape what actions to move forward on, making it safer for workers, homeowners, the public, and better for our environment.
Feedback received will be posted online unless a specific request is made to keep it anonymous.
Details of the Consultation:
Date: December 19, 2018 to February 15, 2019
Category: Health & Safety