Ten Steps To Compliance With Asbestos Abatement Requirements
- A pre-1990 house/building is to be demolished or renovated.
- The building owner (or owner’s representative) or the employer (e.g. builder, demolition contractor) retains a qualified person (usually a consultant) to perform a risk assessment and asbestos survey before conducting work where asbestos may be disturbed.
- The qualified person inspects the house/building, collects representative bulk samples and has the samples analyzed by a qualified laboratory.
- The qualified person prepares a report that identifies all inspection results (including drawings, plans or specifications), risk assessment, and scope of work for the abatement of the asbestos.
- The report containing the inspection results is provided to the owner/employer. The inspection results must be available at the worksite whenever workers are on site.
- The owner or employer retains trained asbestos abatement workers. A NOP (Notice of Project) with written work procedures
is submitted to WorkSafe BC before commencement of
asbestos removal work.
- Safe removal and disposal of identified asbestos occurs.
- After the asbestos removal the owner or employer receives written confirmation that the asbestos specified for removal on the NOP has been removed. A copy of the inspection results is on site.
- The owner authorizes demolition of the house/building to proceed. The demolition employer proceeds to demolish house using safe work procedures. Copy of inspection results and post abatement reports are on site.
- If any asbestosis found during demolition, all work is to cease until a risk assessment is done and the asbestos is safely contained or removed. In this case, go back to step 7.