Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous mineral that can be woven into fabrics, used in fire-resistant and insulating materials. According to Health Canada, asbestos has health risks only when fibres are present in the air. (CBC News)

A group of health advocates wants Saskatoon to consider an asbestos bylaw.

The Saskatchewan Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is asking the city to adopt a bylaw that would make it mandatory that contractors notify workers when there's a risk of asbestos exposure.

In 2013, Saskatchewan was the first province in Canada to legislate mandatory, province-wide asbestos reporting. 

Through the legislation, known as Howard's Law, crown corporations, school districts, health regions and other government buildings must report asbestos online to an asbestos registry.

The legislation was created in honour of Saskatoon man, Howard Willems, who contracted Mesothelioma, a rare lung disease, while inspecting older food plants in Saskatchewan.


Howard Willems of Saskatoon is the namesake for a provincial registry of buildings that have asbestos. (CBC News)

‚Äč A representative from the group plans to address Saskatoon city councillors Monday with more details on the proposed asbestos bylaw.