Asbestos Spill Reporting Procedure

ASBESTOS SPILL REPORTING PROCEDURE

  1. General Rules
    1. This procedure to be followed when any release or suspected release of asbestos fibres occurs.
    2. If you are unsure if the material is asbestos containing or not, treat is as asbestos-containing until it is confirmed otherwise.
  2. Initial Response
    1. DO NOT attempt to clean up the spill.
    2. EVACUATE the area immediately.
    3. Shut and lock doors in the vicinity of the spill/release.
    4. Post signage indicating this area is “CLOSED”.
    5. Notify the Chief/In-charge Custodian.
    6. Notify the Principal/Manager and your immediate Supervisor of the spill including location.
    7. Shut down (or notify Operation Staff) to shut down all ventilation systems to the areas where the release has occurred.
    8. Immediately report the spill to the Operations Department by telephone at (250) 832-9415 and initiate a work request. Fill out Asbestos Notification of Form and include with the Work Request.
    9. Operations department staff will notify the Manager of Health & Safety of any major spills. The Manager of Health and Safety will notify WorkSafe BC if required.
    10. Remain in a safe area and prevent building occupants from entering the area of the spill/release until trained asbestos abatement personnel arrive.
  3. Cleanup Phase
    1. Qualified and trained individuals will inspect the area and determine what cleanup procedures will be required.
    2. After an initial inspection, the trained workers will advise the Principal/Manager of the approximate amount of time that the cleanup will take.
    3. The area cannot be re-occupied without the approval of the Manager of Operations or designate.
    4. The air handling systems for the area cannot be turned back on, without the approval of the Manager of Operations or designate.
    5. The air handling systems for the area cannot be turned back on, without the approval of Manager of Operations or designate.
  4. Written Documentation
    1. Complete a SD83 Employee Incident Investigation Form and forward it to SD 83 Health & Safety.
    2. Initiate a work request.

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