05/20/2014 12:55 EDT | Updated 07/20/2014 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan adds to asbestos registry rules in bid to better protect workers

REGINA - Saskatchewan is putting new requirements in place for an asbestos registry that Labour Minister Don Morgan says will help protect workers from exposure.

Occupational Health and Safety rules have been amended to include additional forms of asbestos to be reported and to update required information.

A law making asbestos reporting mandatory for Crown corporations, school districts, health regions and provincial government buildings was enacted last November.

Building owners have to submit information about the presence of asbestos to the registry.

Owners who have already provided information will have to review the changes to the rules and update their submissions if needed.

Compliance and enforcement are to come into effect for all asbestos- related activities on June 1.