New Guidelines for Asbestos Management in Manitoba

New Guidelines for Asbestos Management in Manitoba


Effective June 6th, 2016 New Guidelines for Asbestos Management were released by Safe Work Manitoba.

To save you some time here is a list of the top 10 changes within the new guideline to help you better understand how they may affect you and your business:

  1. Effective June 6, 2016.
  2. Replaces “Guidelines for Working With Asbestos” March 2008 and “Guidelines for an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program” February 2007.
  3. Clearly defines when an Asbestos Inventory is needed and what needs to be included in it (ASTM Standard E 2356).
  4. New specific training requirements for asbestos supervisors/workers, trades workers and custodial staff.
  5. Notification to Workplace Safety & Health 5 days in advance of all Type 2 and Type 3 work including Glove Bag Work.
  6. New recommendations for air monitoring.
  7. Significant changes to the requirements on Type 2 and Type 3 asbestos abatement projects (e.g. Drywall joint compound removal in excess of 3 hours is now considered Type 3 abatement).
  8. New requirements for D.O.P leak testing of HEPA vacuums and negative air cabinets.
  9. Mandatory use of lockdown agents after all Type 2 and Type 3 abatement.
  10. New administrative penalties for non-compliance.

To help you navigate these new changes and learn what you’ll need to do, Pinchin will host some Complimentary Breakfast Seminars throughout the summer. Click here to register to one of our seminars today to ensure you stay on top of these changes and do not receive any penalties for non-compliance.

We encourage all of you that may be affected by these changes to take the time to read the entire Safe Work Manitoba – Guide for Asbestos Management document.

Questions can be sent directly to Edwin Wooster
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