OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 4 Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards and Harmful Substances

Section 36 Notification of a project

Notification must be given to a Workplace Health and Safety regional office or the province-wide Contact Centre at least 72 hours before beginning the activities that may release asbestos fibres. The Contact Centre telephone number is 1‑866‑415‑8690.

This notification must include the location of the work site, the start and completion dates and a description of the work to be performed. This is accomplished by completing and submitting the Asbestos Project Notification Form (Form ASB001) developed by Alberta Human Services. The form is available by contacting the Contact Centre or printing it from the Occupational Health and Safety website.

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Asbestos Notification Form

Notification is required for all high, moderate and low risk projects. Projects requiring notification normally involve operations having the potential to release fibres from asbestos-containing materials. Although Alberta Human Services requires notification of all asbestos abatement projects, the 72-hour notification requirement is flexible where it can be demonstrated that there is a need to carry out the work immediately.

An example of this type of situation would be the immediate removal of asbestos cladding on a ruptured pipe. Immediate action would be justified to prevent damage to the building. However, delays in construction schedules resulting from the discovery of asbestos would not be considered sufficient reason to reduce the notification period.

Types of projects that do not require notification include:

(a) inspection of asbestos-containing materials as part of a management plan or asbestos assessment project;

(b) sampling of asbestos-containing materials or potential asbestos-containing materials as part of an asbestos assessment project. Sampling must be done by trained personnel and in a manner that minimizes disturbance and damage to the asbestos-containing materials;

(c) removal and replacement of small (30 square centimetres or less), manufactured asbestos products such as gaskets or valve packing;

(d) short-term work in areas that contain non-friable asbestos-containing materials, but do not involve disturbing the asbestos-containing materials; and

(e) transportation of asbestos-containing materials in a sealed container unless the materials are part of an asbestos abatement project.

In the above cases, employers must take precautions to ensure that asbestos fibres are not released. Moreover, these types of projects must only be carried out by competent workers and in accordance with the requirements of this Part. Work procedures must be developed and followed to prevent potential asbestos exposure.

For pre-planned routine maintenance work involving low risk activities, projects may be granted “extended project notification status” as long as an asbestos survey had been completed and adequately trained workers follow established safe work procedures. Extended notifications may be granted for up to one year, depending on the employer’s ability to plan in advance. It is expected that the work will be carried out in a manner that reflects the principles described in the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual.