Province takes next steps on asbestos ban

The Province has established a cross-ministry working group to ensure that people are adequately protected from the dangers of asbestos

VICTORIA – The Province has established a cross-ministry working group to ensure that British Columbians are adequately protected from the dangers of asbestos. This follows the federal government’s December 2016 announcement to ban on asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018.

As the dangers of asbestos have become known over the years, governments, industry and others have taken steps to protect people from exposure to asbestos and to contain its impact on the environment. The asbestos working group will take a broad approach and work collaboratively to identify, review and report on a range of issues, including worker safety, building renovation and abatement matters, environmental protection, and public health and awareness. They expect to report their recommendations by the end of 2017.

Learn More:

WorkSafeBC asbestos resources for employers and workers: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/industries/construction/initiatives/asbestos-be-aware

WorkSafeBC asbestos awareness for homeowners: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/health-safety/hazards-exposures/asbestos/think-asbestos

– files from Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and Minister Responsible for Labour.