The Public Health Act, 1994 requires buildings owned by the Provincial Government, Crown Corporations, Treasury Board Crowns, school boards, and regional health authorities and facilities to post information about the presence of asbestos in public buildings. The Occupational Health and Safety regulations provide clarity of definitions, what forms of asbestos are to be reported, and indicate what information is required to be reported, such as characteristics, accessibility, and location. Compliance and enforcement of the Act and regulations came into effect on June 1, 2014.
Owners are now required to assess asbestos-containing material (ACM). This includes characteristic information such as friability (a material is friable if it can be crushed using hand pressure), concentration of asbestos in the material, and specific details about the material for easy identification such as colour, shape, size, texture. They also need to describe its accessibility, such as if the ACM is controlled by physical barriers (e.g., enclosed by gyprock walls or inside cindercrete block, encapsulated with a sealant common in stipple ceiling materials, cloth or metal wrapped pipe or painted putties or joint compounds). A safety professional, a consultant or person who has asbestos knowledge, education and training can do this assessment.
Building owners should use the Sample Asbestos Registry Form to submit the required information. Once the registry form is complete, the form can be emailed to Labour.Webmaster@gov.sk.ca.
Building owners must review the information currently posted on the Registry to ensure they are complying with the recent regulatory changes. Missing information will require a new submission to the registry. The information submitted will be posted as is on the registry.
Note that, as asbestos changes occur, the registry must be updated. For example, if pipe insulation is removed, and it is listed on the registry as ACM, the change must be communicated to the Registry. If buildings are sold to owners not prescribed by The Public Health Act, 1994, or bought by prescribed owners the information must be submitted to the registry.
Employers, contractors and owners can deem material as asbestos containing until it is determined to be asbestos free. For example vintage vinyl tiles from the 50s and 60s can be deemed and listed as potential asbestos containing materials. Materials deemed as ACM must meet all legislative requirements.
Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry of Public Buildings