Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that has been commonly used in construction materials and other products because of its high heat resistance, strength and durability. Inhalation of Asbestos fibres may increase the risk of serious chronic health effects including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders.
The BCIT Asbestos Management Program outlines BCIT’s approach towards assessment and management of the risks of exposure to asbestos. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of all BCIT employees, students and contractors with respect to ensuring that best practices are being followed in order to minimize exposures to asbestos, both in day-to-day actions, and during remediation activities.
At BCIT it is the responsibility of any person planning to work in a space to determine whether an asbestos hazard exists prior to the disturbance of any construction materials in buildings constructed prior to 1986. This includes referring to the BCIT Asbestos Management and Information Tool, an electronic system that is used to track inventories, surveys and risk assessments, remediation work on projects, and procedures for working with or around asbestos containing materials at BCIT.
If, at any time during work on BCIT property, a worker suspects that asbestos poses an exposure hazard work must be ceased immediately. Work must not recommence until a risk assessment has been performed and risks of exposure to asbestos have been mitigated.
For more information regarding Asbestos at BCIT please contact 604-456-8011.