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Ten Simple Steps to Complying with Asbestos Abatement

Asbestos Removal NanaimoMany homes built up until 1990 used products containing asbestos. Before you begin renovations or start demolishing an older home, follow these guidelines
below to ensure the safe detection and removal of asbestos.

1 A pre-1990 house/building is to be
demolished or renovated.

2 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.

3 The qualified person inspects the house/
building, collects representative bulk
samples, and has the samples analyzed
by a qualified laboratory.

4 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.

5 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.

6 The owner or employer retains trained
asbestos abatement workers. A notice of
project (NOP) with written work procedures
is submitted to WorkSafeBC before
commencement of asbestos removal work.

7 Safe removal and disposal of identified
asbestos occurs.

8 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.

9 The owner authorizes demolition of the
house/building to proceed. The demolition
employer proceeds to demolish house
using safe work procedures. Copies of
inspection results and post-abatement
reports are on site.

10 If any asbestos is 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.

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