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Whether you own or rent your business premises, you are responsible for complying with the regulation on asbestos safety management. The CNESST has been enforcing this regulation since 2013 with the requirement that you establish an asbestos register.
What is an asbestos register?
The register of preventive asbestos management is used to identify, locate and verify materials in your company that contain or are likely to contain asbestos. The register also maintains an inventory of the work you have done to decontaminate or repair problematic materials and disclose all relevant information.
To fill in your register properly, you must inspect your business premises thoroughly so as to locate any materials presumed to contain asbestos – until you can prove the substance isn’t present.
Main suspects: flocking and heat insulating materials!
During your inspection, pay particular attention to flocking and heat insulating materials, both of which are used in insulation procedures; they are especially likely to involve asbestos. There are special provisions that apply to these materials, including an inspection every two years.
My register is now set up. What do I do next?
After properly filling in your register, you must ensure that it is kept current and available to your employees and to their representatives who are working in your place of business.
Are you planning any construction work?
There are rules you must follow to ensure safe asbestos management if you are planning to carry out any work on your premises. For example, you must:
Under these conditions, asbestos presents no danger:
Still have questions about asbestos in the workplace? Consult the CNESST’s detailed guide and contact us. We can direct you to the right resources.