New Limits for Asbestos Exposure

Published: July 19, 2017 By: Greg Devine

A regulatory change came into force on July 12th as the government of Canada revised and corrected the Canadian Labour Code to minimize the exposure to airborne chrysotile asbestos as much as possible.

Previously, the occupational exposure limit (OEL) was 1 fibre per cubic centimeter, but in reference to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), the new limit is now 0.1 fibre per cubic centimeter.

The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, also announced the new and long overdue regulatory provisions. This includes an asbestos exposure management program, which requires employers to provide education and training for employees involved in asbestos-related work activities (such as handling, removal, repair or disturbance of asbestos-containing materials).

Furthermore, the broader government of Canada is ultimately looking to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018 and prohibit the use of it in new construction and renovation projects across Canada.

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