Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
What is Asbestos?
Inhaling asbestos fibres can cause chronic, irreversible, and life-threatening lung diseases. These diseases, which can occur several decades after exposure, include asbestosis, (a lung scarring disease), lung cancer, and another rare form of cancer - mesothelioma.
Older buildings, especially those constructed prior to 1980, may contain asbestos. Although this asbestos is typically bound in structural materials, repairs, maintenance, renovations and other processes may disturb asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and release asbestos fibres into the air.
For this reason, Part XXIII of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 includes strict requirements for the assessment and management of asbestos in buildings. Employers, contractors, or owners are required to:
Required Notifications of High Risk Asbestos Processes
When a process is considered a “high-risk asbestos process,” employers, contractors or owners are required to notify the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the intention to begin the work, at least 14 days in advance.
Saskatchewan Asbestos Register of Public Buildings
The Saskatchewan Asbestos Register (SAR) has been created to share information about public buildings assessed for the presence of asbestos. Provincial and municipal governments, regional health authorities, and school districts have been invited to list this information for government buildings, healthcare facilities, and schools.
To post your asbestos register, please email us at Labour.Webmaster@gov.sk.ca with an attached Microsoft Word or PDF document only, thank you.
Registers of Public Buildings