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Canada Construction Asbestos Safety

Online Training Certification Course

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While the use of asbestos in Canada has declined since the 1980s, asbestos remains a leading cause of work-related health problems and deaths. This is because asbestos-containing materials are hazardous when they deteriorate or are disturbed, such as when they are handled, sanded, drilled into, or broken up.

This asbestos awareness certification course details the history, properties, and adverse health effects of asbestos. It also outlines best practices for surveys and risk assessments to limit exposure to asbestos-containing materials. Construction asbestos training ensures workers understand the risks involved with asbestos work activities and how to protect themselves from asbestos-related diseases.

Because asbestos mitigation guidelines vary for each province or territory in Canada, this safety training provides generic information employers can use to ensure site-specific procedures for a safe work environment.

This course is for:
Anyone who works in environments with asbestos-containing materials (ACM) must receive asbestos certification. This online training course meets the requirements set forth by OHS for asbestos exposure management.

Available languages: 100+ languages - translation provided by Google Translate (Select Language bottom of page)

Case Study: As a construction boilermaker since 1978, Paul Douglas worked on industrial furnaces in oil refineries and pulp mills - all insulated with asbestos. By Paul's own account, neither his employer nor his supervisor offered any more protection than the flimsy dusk masks they used during work activities. And because those dusk masks do not adequately protect against asbestos exposure, Paul contracted mesothelioma, was diagnosed in 1999, and finally passed away in 2010 after almost a decade of fighting the disease. Paul was only a few days shy of his 56th birthday when he passed away.

Key Takeaway: Employing the right controls and safety tactics against asbestos exposure is very important in fighting against its health effects. If Paul had been provided with the right safety and PPE, he may have avoided the unfortunate diagnosis he received 20 years later.

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Governing Regulations

There are 14 jurisdictions in Canada - 1 federal, 10 provincial, and 3 territorial. Each jurisdiction has its own health and safety legislation. The Canada Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations are the federal legislation enabled by the Canada Labour Code. Asbestos is covered in OHS Guidelines Part 6: Substance Specific Requirements, as well as Section 10.26 of the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

OHS has also created the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), which is a document that outlines workers' rights and responsibilities, including the right to stop work that is deemed hazardous or unsafe. OHS also lists the penalties and enforcement techniques to be used if these guidelines are not followed.

To supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs. Before implementing an asbestos safety training, ensure that you are familiar with the regulations specific to your province or territory.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to Canada Construction Asbestos Safety Training
  • History of Asbestos in Construction
  • Asbestos-related Regulations
  • Key Terms
    What Is Asbestos?
  • Where Is Asbestos Found?
  • Common Uses of Asbestos
    Asbestos-related Diseases
  • Asbestos-related Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural Abnormalities
    Asbestos Programs and Documentation
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Supervisor Responsibilities
  • Worker Responsibilities
  • Owner Responsibilities
  • Prime Contractor Responsibilities
  • Homeowner Responsibilities
  • Health and Safety Program
  • Asbestos Management Program
  • Asbestos Survey
  • Risk Assessment
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • Respirator Program
  • Training, Instruction, and Supervision
  • Recordkeeping
    Work Procedures
  • Type I (Low Risk) Work Activities
  • Type II (Moderate Risk) Work Activities
  • Type III (High Risk) Work Activities
  • Before Working with Asbestos-containing Materials
  • Monitoring the Work Environment
  • Waste Handling and Disposal
  • Asbestos Abatement: Demolition and Renovation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Emergencies and Incidents
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Procedures for Medical Emergencies
  • Incident Investigation
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to asbestos fibres. According to Section 10.26, employees working with and around asbestos must receive initial and refresher safety training.

To ensure compliance with OHS safety training standards, employers must develop and implement an exposure control plan that meets the requirements of their province's legislature that governs workers' compensation, health, and safety. Retraining is required when changes at the worksite present new hazards and when inadequacies in an affected employee's work indicate the need for additional training. This online certification meets these training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Richard H Verified
Canada Construction Asbestos Safety

good course highly recommended

Lawrence A Verified
Canada Construction Asbestos Safety

Good course. Through and fair.



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