Selecting an Asbestos Abatement Contractor

How to Research and Validate your Asbestos Abatement Contractor:

  • Check to see if they are COR Certified?
    Search to see if they have a Certificate of Recognition (COR) from WorksafeBC? Search Here
  • Search for previous penalties – WorkSafeBC – Search Here
    Administrative penalties are fines imposed on employers for health and safety violations of the Workers Compensation Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and/or orders of WorkSafeBC, and for failure to take sufficient precautions to prevent workplace injuries or illnesses. Penalties are published as a deterrent and to highlight the importance of making workplaces safe.
  • Check a companies clearance status with WorkSafeBC prior to work start
    Search for any business registered with WorkSafeBC and view its clearance status.
  • Confirm their level of Liability Insurance (typically a minimum of 5 million), and if they have Professional Errors and Omissions Insurance?
  • How long have they been in business?


  • Consultants (Start here – they collect samples for testing and create detailed reports – Hazmat Surveys)
    collect samples, assess the work area to create a hazmat survey (site assessment) report. Ensure there is a third party type separation between your Consultant and contractor (ie they are not the same company)
  • Asbestos Abatement Contractors (Do the work)
    Get pricing from different contractors for the project, use the tools below to help select a contractor, also ask the third party consultants for contractor recommendations as they work with all of these companies.

Asbestos Removal Licensing

BC does not currently have Certification/Licensing for Asbestos Contractors. They are currently putting an Asbestos Certification Model in place. See news/updates: