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Asbestos, Asbestos Everywhere: Complying with Ontario’s New Asbestos Regulations

Just when you think you have complied with your legal obligations respecting asbestos that came into effect two years ago, two new legal requirements under Ontario Regulation 278/05 came into force on November 1, 2007.

As of November 1, 2007, asbestos management programs must now include both friable and non-friable asbestos-containing material (ACM). Prior to November 1, 2007, requirements related to friable asbestos only.

The effect of this change is significant as it renders many of the existing surveys obsolete or non-compliant. Owners will now have to review and update their existing asbestos surveys and asbestos management plans to determine the presence of non-friable ACM in their buildings. Good news for consultants. Bad news for owners.

Another effect of this new legal requirement is that some tenants, employers and workers who did not have to be notified under the pre-November 1, 2007 requirements will now have to be notified with respect to non-friable asbestos.

The second new legal requirement that came into effect November 1, 2007 requires workers and supervisors involved in Type 3 operations to successfully complete an Asbestos Abatement Worker Training Program approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, prior to commencing the work.

Annie Thuan

 

February 1, 2008 in Environmental | Permalink

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Comments

Thanks for the informative post.

Posted by: alexander | Feb 14, 2008 11:02:31 AM

Is an Offer to Lease binding in Canada is the landlord and tenant have signed it?

Posted by: Joe Brandt | Feb 15, 2008 9:08:18 AM

Since it's usually older homes that have asbestos problems, I cannot help but wonder if at least some of the owners that may be located in more economically depressed areas would still not conduct surveys due to budgetary concerns.

Posted by: Omar Ha-Redeye | Feb 16, 2008 5:55:24 AM

If you discover asbestos, 1 week prior to your closing date, are you still bound to purchase the home?

Posted by: Drue Perkins | Mar 25, 2008 5:04:41 PM

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