Keeping track of asbestos

May 2013   Comments

The Saskatchewan government has said it will support a private member’s bill to create a mandatory asbestos registry for all public buildings in the province, including schools and hospitals.

The Asbestos Right to Know Act was introduced by an opposition member in support of the work of the late Howard Willems, a building inspector who became an advocate for mandatory reporting after he contracted mesothelioma on the job. If “Howard’s Law” passes this spring as expected, the province will become the first to implement such legislation. Advocates say the registry will make it safer for people to work in buildings containing asbestos, particularly when construction and renovations take place.

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