Canadian Health & Environmental Regulations: Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM) Definitions

asbestos removal The following is a list of guidelines and regulations set forth by the Canadian government in regards to asbestos management:


>0.1% as per

OHS Code of Practice,AlbertaAbatement Manual (Oct 2012)

>1% for Waste Materials as per

Guidelines for the Disposal of Asbestos Waste – Env. Protection ServicesAlbertaEnvironment August, 1989

British Columbia

≥0.5% (excluding VAI), >0% (for VAI) B.C. Reg. 296/97 Workers Compensation Act – OHS Regulation (incl. Amendments for Part 6: Substance Specific Requirements in the OH&S Regulation October 2011)


≥0.1% for Friable Materials, 1% for Non-friable Materials Workplace Safety and Health Act – Workplace Safety and Health Reg. 217/2006, October 31, 2006

New Brunswick

≥1% New Brunswick Reg. 92-106 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

Newfoundland and Labrador

>1% Newfoundland and Labrador Reg. 111/98 – Asbestos Abatement Regulations, 1998 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (O.C. 98-730)

Northwest Territories

>1% Guideline for Management of Waste Asbestos – Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Nova Scotia

“Asbestos containing material” means a material identified by an appropriate laboratory analytical method (e.g. EPA 600/R-93/116, NIOSH 9000, or NIOSH 9002) to contain at least 0.5% of any type of asbestos, and vermiculite that is identified to contain any amount of asbestos using EPA method 600/R-04/004 if other analytical methods do not identify the presence of asbestos


>1% Guideline: Management of Waste Asbestos – Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection Service


≥0.5% Occupational Health and Safety Act – Ontario Reg. 278/05

Prince Edward Island

>1% Occupational Health and Safety Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988


≥0.1% Regulation Respecting the Quality of the Work Environment, RRQ, c S-2.1, r 11


≥1% The Occupational Health and Safety Reg., as amended by Saskatchewan Reg. 6/97, 35/2003, 112/2005, 67/2007, 91/2007, 109/2008, 18/2009 and 54/2009


≥1% Chapter 159 Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Act

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AIHA ELPAT – Paint Chips, Soil, Dust Wipes, Air | 196142
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