The Public Health Act, 1994 requires building owners to assess and identify asbestos-containing material (ACM) within all buildings that are owned by:
- The Provincial Government;
- Crown Corporations;
- Treasury Board Crowns;
- Regional Health Authorities or affiliates; and
- Buildings used as schools as defined by The Education Act, 1995.
Owners are required to submit information about ACM within their building to the Asbestos Registry of Public Buildings.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 provide clarity of definitions, what forms of asbestos are to be reported and indicate what information is required to be reported, such as type, characteristics, accessibility and location. Compliance and enforcement of the Act and regulations came into effect on June 1, 2014.
Complete an Assessment
A safety professional, consultant or person who has asbestos knowledge, experience and training can do this assessment.
The assessment includes the type of ACM (e.g., insulation, boiler and pipe insulation, ceiling stipple, ceiling or floor tile). Only materials or groups of materials that meet the definition of an "asbestos-containing material" (ACM) are listed in the Registry. Or, the material may be untested but deemed to be ACM (See regulation, 334(2)).
This assessment also includes characteristic information such as:
- friability (a material is friable if it can be crushed using hand pressure);
- concentration of asbestos in the material if it is known; and
- specific details about the material for easy identification such as colour, shape, size, texture.
As well as a description of the accessibility, for example:
- controlled by physical barriers or administrative procedures;
- enclosed by drywall;
- inside cindercrete block;
- encapsulated with a sealant (common in stipple ceiling materials); and
- encapsulated with non-asbestos cloth or metal (common with wrapped pipe or painted putties or joint compounds).
Register a Building
If you're a building owner, you are responsible for entering information related to the location of asbestos in your public buildings to the Asbestos Registry of Public Buildings.
- You will be required to set up a user account on the registry. You can manager your account, edit and delete information related to your facilities within the registry. For help in setting up an account or how to add a building to the registry, please see the Saskatchewan Asbestos Registry for Public Buildings User Guide: User Accounts and Submissions.
- Employers, contractors 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.
- Building owners must regularly review the information posted on the registry to ensure that it is kept up-to-date. 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 made 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 updated in the registry.
Update the Asbestos Registry of Public Buildings
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We cannot guarantee that all information is complete, current, or accurate. Users should verify information before acting on it.
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The information found on the Asbestos Registry is for informational purposes only, and may only be used on the strict understanding that neither the Province nor its ministers, employees, or agents, nor any of the public agencies which voluntarily post information, shall be liable to any persons for any loss or damage of any nature, whether arising out of negligence or otherwise, which may be occasioned as a result of the use of information provided on the Registry, or information provided at any other website that can be accessed from this website.
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