04/23/2013 10:27 EDT | Updated 06/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatoon follows provincial lead and creates its own asbestos registry

SASKATOON - The City of Saskatoon is following the provincial government's lead and creating its own registry for buildings containing asbestos.

Coun. Pat Lorje first asked the administration about the possibility of creating a registry a year ago.

She says she's glad council has committed to creating its own list.

She says it's time to realize "a product we thought was benign ... has now been shown to be a cancer-causing agent."

Administrators say there are 14 civic facilities in the city know to have asbestos and 75 other buildings likely to contain it.

Measures will be taken to label and monitor locations in the city with asbestos.

Workers and employees in those civic building will be made aware of the material and taught how to manage working in those conditions.

The report also pointed out that asbestos is only harmful when its fibres get into the air.