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Mandatory training & licensing for asbestos work in B.C.

If your job involves the abatement of asbestos in relation to buildings, you have until January 1, 2024 to meet new requirements being introduced by WorkSafeBC.

To keep workers safe from the dangers of asbestos, anyone doing asbestos work in relation to buildings will need to take training and be certified by an approved training provider by the beginning of next year. Employers that offer asbestos abatement services to others in relation to a building will require a valid licence.

Only workers aged 18 and older can undertake work where they are or may be exposed to potentially harmful levels of asbestos, according to Employment Standards regulations.

Workers who want to learn more about certification – including how to find a training provider, what to expect in assessments and exams, and what previous training may be recognized – are invited to attend a virtual Assessment Training and Certification Worker Forum presented by WorkSafeBC. The forum is free, but you will need to register to attend. You are invited to attend on either September 13 or October 5, from 4:30-5:15 pm.

If you are not able to attend the forum but would like to learn more, visit WorkSafeBC’s Asbestos training, certification & licensing website, where you’ll find details on the new requirements for both employers and workers.

Questions? Contact the WorkSafeBC Prevention Information Line at 604.276.3100, or toll-free 1.888.621.7233.

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