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Asbestos Exposed Worker Program

Asbestos Exposed Worker Program

The purpose of asbestos health monitoring is to provide the worker with a baseline health evaluation, providing an opportunity to detect early changes to the lungs.

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Periodic health assessments serve as a means of documenting changes that, compared to the baseline evaluation, may have occurred over time. This permits the early detection of changes and provides an opportunity to investigate the cause of the changes.

Comprehensive Lung Health Medical Monitoring Program Basic Lung Health Medical Monitoring Program
Lung Health Questionnaire X X
Fit to Wear Respirator Questionnaire X
Spirometry Screen X X
Chest X-Ray X X
Quantitative Mask Fit X
Pulmonary Specialist Review X X
Employee Results Letter X X
Pulmonary Specialist Assessment if required if required
Employer Statistical Report X X

Both the Comprehensive and Basic Lung Health Medical Monitoring Programs comply with legislation.

SureHire will ensure that all our clients are aware of the regulations within their province so that the employer is doing their due diligence in complying with these regulations

Alberta

A worker exposed to asbestos must have a health assessment within 30 days of becoming an “exposed worker” as defined in section 1 of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. Health assessments must be done every two years after the first assessment as long as the worker continues to be an “exposed worker”. The health assessment for exposure to asbestos, coal and silica consists of health history information, a chest X‐ray, a radiologist’s report, a lung function test and a copy of the physician’s interpretation and explanation of the health assessment.

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British Columbia

An exposure control plan for asbestos should include medical monitoring of workers, such as annual lung function testing and periodic (every two to three years) chest X-rays for asbestos abatement workers.

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Manitoba

A pre-placement examination must include a screening chest radiograph, a lung function test, a medical examination, an occupational exposure history, a respiratory health questionnaire. The periodic follow-up examination must include a screening chest radiograph (every 5 years; if worker has been exposed over 20 years, the requirement is every 2 years), an annual lung function test, an annual occupational exposure history, and an annual health questionnaire.

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New Brunswick

Where the Commission has reason to believe that an employee is or may be affected with an occupational disease, it may request that the employee, with his/her consent, undergo a medical examination for the purpose of determining whether or not the employee is affected with an occupational disease.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

An employer shall assess the need for and extent of health surveillance of his or her workers.

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Northwest Territories

Within 30 days of receipt of a written request for a medical examination by a worker involved in an asbestos process, an employer shall arrange and pay the full cost of an examination by a physician. The employer shall make arrangements for a medical examination that includes a complete physical examination with special attention to the respiratory system, lung function tests including forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at one second, and any medical procedures considered necessary by the examining physician for the diagnosis of asbestos-related illness.

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Nova Scotia

No information available at this time.

Nunavut

Within 30 days of receipt of a written request for a medical examination by a worker involved in an asbestos process, an employer shall arrange and pay the full cost of an examination by a physician. The employer shall make arrangements for a medical examination that includes a complete physical examination with special attention to the respiratory system, lung function tests including forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at one second, and any medical procedures considered necessary by the examining physician for the diagnosis of asbestos-related illness.

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Ontario

The following medical examinations are prescribed for the purposes of subsection 26 (3) of the Act:

  • An examination consisting of a medical questionnaire, chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests
  • A subsequent examination that consists of the components described in paragraph 1, is recommended by the worker’s physician and takes place at least two years after the most recent examination

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Prince Edward Island

(1) The employer shall establish and maintain an accurate record for each employee, containing the following: (a) physician’s reports from examinations performed on a routine basis which assesses the employee’s potential exposures and limitations; (b) detailed work history containing dates and length of jobs performed; including types of job and material handled; © training records of the employee.
(2) The employer shall ensure that all employee records as outlined in subsection (1) shall be maintained for a period of not less than forty years.

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Quebec

The medical examination should include a clinical examination, an X-ray of the thorax, a lung function test (spirometry), and other appropriate examinations.

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Saskatchewan

A medical examination must include a comprehensive medical history and physical examination with special attention to the respiratory system, lung function tests, and any further medical investigations that are necessary for the diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.

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Yukon

The employer shall ensure that workers are medically examined whenever there is exposure to dust containing asbestos, which when airborne results in asbestos fibre levels at or above 50% of those limits listed on the table outlining the occupational exposure limits for this jurisdiction. The medical practitioner is responsible for advising examined workers as to the nature of the occupational health hazards for which the examination is being carried out and as to the health precautions required. After each examination required under this section the medical practitioner shall forward to the employer a written certificate of the worker’s medical fitness for employment in the worker’s present or intended occupation, and the worker’s present or intended location, and each worker examined shall receive without undue delay an oral or written statement of medical fitness as determined by the examination and any biological monitoring tests.

*Maritimes will follow Ontario’s policies when needed.

Canadian Jurisdictions Asbestos Form OEL (f/cc)
Canada Labour Code chrysotile
other
1
0.1
AB, BC, MB, NL, NS, ON all 0.1
PE amosite
crocidolite
chrysotile
other
0.5
0.2
2
2
QC actinolite, athyophyllite, chrysotile, tremolite

amosite, crocidolite
1; 5 [stel]


0.2; 1 [stel]
YT amosite
crocidolite
chrysotile, tremolite
0.2; 2 [stel]
0.1
0.5; 5 [stel]
NT, NU amosite, tremolite
crocidolite
other
0.5; 2.5 [stel]
0.2; 1 [stel]
2; 10 [stel]
SK all No limit listed, special instructions for high-risk activities
Other Jurisdiction Asbestos Form OEL (f/cc)
ACGIH 2014 TLV all 0.1

f/cc = fibers per cubic centimeter

stel = short term exposure limit (15 min. maximum)

Retrieved from: CAREX Canada

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