Asbestos Practices Phases One & Two – Results

Engagement Summary

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.

In 2017, the working group sought public feedback on ways to strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the safe use, handling, abatement and disposal of asbestos. Feedback received from the Asbestos Practices engagement directly informed the draft final report.

The draft final report, Keeping Workers, the Public and the Environment Safe from Asbestos was released for public consultation in December 2018. Below are the results of both consultations.

Engagement Timeframe(s)

Phase One: November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Phase Two: December 19, 2018 to February 15, 2019

Input Received

Phase One:

  • 10 emails received
  • Several phone calls made directly to Ministry of Labour staff

Phase Two:

  • 32 emails and written submissions
  • Several phone calls made directly to Ministry of Labour staff


Input leads to action:

Feedback from the first phase of consultation was considered by the working group as the draft report was developed in 2018. The working group will use feedback from the second phase to finalize its report and put together an implementation plan with the specific recommendations and actions government intends to move forward on.