This Directive includes specific provisions for dealing with asbestos and materials containing asbestos.


This part of the Directive enhances and supplements Part X (Hazardous Substances) [] of the COHSR and should be read in that context.

11.1 Records of Hazardous Substances

11.1.1 If the department does not control the workplace, the records shall be kept and maintained to the extent possible.

11.2 Hazard Investigation

11.2.1 No employee shall be required to conduct searches for potential chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE) or other threats in the workplace unless it is a part of the employee's normal duties and the employee has been instructed and trained in safe methods and procedures.

11.2.2 The employer shall establish written methods and procedures for employees to follow and meet who may be required to conduct such searches as part of their normal duties.

11.2.3 The employer shall keep a record of all instruction and training provided for a period of 30 years after the date on which it was given

11.3 Medical Examinations

11.3.1 Medical examinations for employees exposed to hazardous substances shall be administered as required in accordance with the Occupational Health Evaluation Standard [] issued by the Treasury Board Secretariat.

11.4 Ventilation

11.4.1 The employer shall ensure that any ventilation system used in the workplace complies with the appropriate standard.

11.5 Hazard Control

11.5.1 A record of each air sample test required to determine the concentration of an airborne chemical agent shall be retained for at least five years.

11.6 Asbestos Management

11.6.1 The employer shall comply with applicable federal, provincial, territorial and municipal regulations, statutes and requirements with respect to asbestos containing materials (ACM) in any government-owned, managed or leased facilities.

11.6.2 An asbestos management program and code of practice meeting the intent of the appropriate standard shall be followed if material containing asbestos may exist in any building or facility.

11.6.3 As a minimum requirement, departments and agencies will comply with Public Works and Government Services Canada Policy DP 057 and attached code of practice on asbestos management:

11.7 Ionizing and Non-ionizing Radiation

11.7.1 The use of devices capable of producing and emitting energy in the form of ionizing or non-ionizing radiation shall comply with the appropriate standard.