Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Purpose:

This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.

Guidelines:


DO:

a)    Inform your supervisor if a known area containing asbestos has been compromised

b)    Get everyone out of the area immediately and if possible, seal off the access to all other employees.

c)    Call a certified Asbestos Abatement Company and/or Property Management Division to get help with remediation.

d)    Fill out an incident report that led to the asbestos being released

e)    Post warning signs at the boundary of the work area where asbestos exposure occurs

f)     Turn off the HVAC or any other ventilation system to prevent being further distributed.

 

DO NOT

a)    Do not disturb the material any more than necessary as it releases fibers and dust into the air

b)    Do not try to clean up any loose asbestos; this is to be done by professionals using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and strict industry standards. 


General:

When left intact and undisturbed, asbestos containing materials do not pose a health risk to people working or living in buildings. Asbestos containing material is not generally considered to be harmful unless it is releasing dust or fibers into the air where they can be inhaled or ingested.

Asbestos is hazardous when it is friable, which means that it is easily crumbled by hand and releasing fibers into the air. Sprayed on asbestos insulation is highly friable, whereas floor tiles are not.

Asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, floor tiles, undamaged laboratory cabinet tops, shingles, fire doors, siding shingles, etc. will not release asbestos fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged in some way.

Asbestos pipe and boiler insulation does not present a hazard unless the protective canvas covering is cut or damaged in such a way that the asbestos underneath is actually exposed to the air.

 

References:

Princeton University Fact Sheet

http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/workplacesafety/asbestosfactsheet.htm