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Keefer HSE Updates

Company, team, and industry updates that we want to share with you!

March 9, 2023

Asbestos certification and licensing implementation

The provincial government has amended the Workers Compensation Act to establish requirements that asbestos abatement contractors must be licensed to operate in British Columbia, and that workers who perform this work must complete mandatory safety training and obtain certificates.

View Worksafe BC press release

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October 4, 2022

Memorial to honour those affected by asbestos exposure

The Asbestos Memorial in Vancouver was officially opened on September 22, 2022. The art piece was created and installed to eternalize those who have died and who are continually affected by asbestos exposure in the province.

https://www.labourheritagecentre.ca/asbestos/

Aug 12, 2022

In-house DOP/PAO testing now available!

We are now able to offer DOP/PAO testing of HEPA filters to our customers. Contact us to set up a test for your unit(s) to ensure all equipment is compliant with WorkSafeBC standards!

Contact us to book your unit in for testing!

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March 31, 2022

New team members, new courses!

As we continue to grow and add more team members, we are welcoming the opportunity to take part in new and beneficial training certifications. Two of our team members are participating in the HMBI (Hazardous Materials Building Inspector) certification this Spring. This course is a newly-developed program designed by a team of very qualified safety professionals via Antiquity Environmental Ltd.

Feb 17, 2022

New standards introduced under Workers Compensation Act 

The B.C Government is introducing new regulations to help keep workers safe from the dangers of asbestos. New standards introduced under the Workers Compensation Act will require contractors who work in asbestos abatement to be licensed and complete mandatory safety training and certification. These changes will give those working with asbestos the tools and knowledge to do so safely without putting their health at risk.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022LBR0002-000222

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July 22, 2019

Update from Worksafe BC

WorkSafe Magazine May/ June 2019 - Be informed of the hazards that fire and flood restoration contractors are exposed to. After a home disaster, restoration contractors, insurance adjusters and hazardous materials consultants are the first people on the scene. With the potential of asbestos fibres, lead, mould and other biological hazards it is important to be prevent exposure of such hazards.

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/newsletters/worksafe-magazine/worksafe-magazine-mayjune-2019/worksafe-magazine-mayjune-2019?lang=en

July 3, 2019

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 160 million people suffer from work-related diseases, with some two million dying annually as a result. About eight per cent of these occupational disease deaths can be directly attributed to respiratory complications, namely chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders (COPD), asbestos-related diseases (ARDs), pneumoconiosis, and silicosis. What exactly is silicosis, though, and what should design/construction professionals know to help reduce its impact on those in the industry?

https://www.constructioncanada.net/construction-and-silicosis-what-you-need-to-know/

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