There could soon be a provincial plan in place that would require the asbestos industry to adhere to rules and regulations.
Currently, there isn’t one but the City of Vancouver passed a motion calling on Premier Christy Clark and Minsters in several industries to address the effects of the hazardous material, and to target those who don’t put safety first.
The City is asking for mandatory licensing, certification, and compliance when it comes to handling hazardous materials.
Lee Loftus with the BC Building Trades Council applauds the city’s move.
“This really has a lot to do with the underground economy. These are the people that are not complying with the rules and regulations. We’ve seen a number of asbestos abatement contractors in the courts over the last number of years.”
“We see contractors go to jail for noncompliance of court orders so they’ve been in contempt of court. And we see people who have not been found in contempt with court and say they’ve been doing it right. They find a fault within the Workers Compensation Act and they continue to expose people to asbestos.”
Loftus hopes the Union BC municipalities will back the proposal.
“We’re looking at it that you can’t get an alteration permit, you can’t get a renovation permit, you can’t get a demolition permit, and you can’t get a building permit unless you licensed to do this work.”
He adds the city reported 50 different calls relating to asbestos so far this year