Are you planning to demolish a home? If so, this initiative can impact you. From March 17th, 2014 to December 31st, 2014 WorkSafeBC will be visiting all homes scheduled for demolition. The purpose of each visit is to ensure that all hazardous materials have been removed in a safe manner prior to demolition of the home. Hazardous material surveys are required for any residence that is to be demolished. The survey must indicate all materials that contain asbestos and these materials must be removed according to WorkSafeBC regulations by a professional asbestos remediation contractor. A Notice of Project for Asbestos (NOPA), along with safe work procedures and a risk assessment, must be submitted 24 hours prior to the asbestos removal work starting. At the end of the work, written confirmation must be provided showing that the material was been properly removed. These steps are the responsibility of all stakeholders involved with the project and if they are not done properly WorkSafeBC has the authority to cause costly job shut downs. Prevent this by having a hazardous material survey completed before demolition plans begin and by using a qualified contractor to complete the removal process. Learn more about the initiative by clicking here.