The purpose of the Asbestos Abatement Information Form is unclear and should be eliminated. A proactive awareness educational approach is recommended.
In 2010, the Alberta Safety Codes Council directed Safety Codes Officers to confirm that any material having the potential to contain asbestos is dealt with by the owner of the building prior to issuing a renovation or demolition permit.
To meet this requirement, Building Regulations developed an acknowledgement form for applicants to complete. The form facilitates confirmation that asbestos laden materials have been dealt with so the renovation or demolition permit can be issued.
Building Regulations issued an Advisory Bulletin in November 2012, which provides direction for owners, applicants and contractors on their obligations for asbestos abatement. The advisory bulletin was distributed to the Calgary Home Builders Association- Calgary Region (CHBA), the Calgary Real Estate Board and the Calgary Construction Association along with a variety of demolition and excavation contractors.
In 2013, the acknowledgement form was revised to include additional information about abatement and the legislation.
In 2014, an Asbestos Abatement for Demolition Projects Advisory Bulletin was posted on calgary.ca, shared via the Dispatch (eNewsletter), and sent directly to CHBA and demolition and excavation contractors. The Asbestos form was downloaded 2733 times in 2014.
The adoption of The Alberta Building Code is anticipated in Q1 of 2015.
The outcome of these changes is to make contractors and home owners aware of the possibility of asbestos when renovating or demolishing older homes. It also ensures the abatement of asbestos is done properly and safely ultimately serving the health and safety of Calgarians.