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Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Inspections A Must if You Are Renovating

Reprinted with permission of BCHAZMAT Management Ltd.

WorkSafeBC requires a hazardous materials inspection for any worksite to determine the presence of asbestos containing materials (ACM), and many municipalities now require a complete inventory of hazardous materials present in a building before issuing a permit to renovate or demolish the premises. Some of these hazardous materials are asbestos, lead (in paint, plumbing, stained glass), mercury (in thermostats and fluorescent light bulbs), PCBs (in fluorescent light ballasts) and ODSs (ozone depleting substances such as freon, a refrigerant used in air conditioners). 

All of these can be a danger, not only to people, but to the environment as well. Proper precautions, including using personal protection equipment, such as respirators, Tyvec suits and gloves, must be worn to protect workers and anyone else who could be exposed on the worksite. Hazardous materials must be removed and disposed of in accordance with local, provincial and federal regulations. 

How can you tell if there is Asbestos in Your Home or Building? 

It can be difficult to tell whether your home has materials containing asbestos in it just by looking. As a general rule, if the Building or Home was built:

•           Before the mid 1980s, it is highly likely that it would have materials containing asbestos.

•           Between the mid 1980s and 1990, it is likely that it would have materials containing asbestos.

•           After 1990, it is highly unlikely it would have materials containing asbestos.

If you are not sure that a material contains asbestos, play it safe and assume that it does.

Using advanced sampling techniques, BCHAZMAT Management's experienced asbestos testing professionals will:

•           Assess your home/building to establish if you have asbestos at your property

•           Take samples to determine the severity of your asbestos problem

•           Provide you with a laboratory report also providing our own detailed report that explains the lab report in further detail, as well as outlines all of our notes and observations.

For further information or to speak with one of our experienced Asbestos Professionals, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 250-656-3382.