Asbestos-Containing Materials

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was historically widely used in building construction due to its thermal properties, electrical resistance and ability to withstand chemical breakdown.

Asbestos can become a health threat when airborne; inhaling it can lead to asbestosis, lung and other cancers. You need to be concerned about the identification and management of asbestos when assessing building condition or altering your current space during maintenance, renovation, or demolition activities.
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Within the construction industry, exposure to asbestos and the resulting illnesses have not been restricted to the manufacturing sector. Some of the most hazardous activities with asbestos occur on construction projects. Workers carrying out renovations, demolition and other construction activities on structures built with asbestos-containing materials have potentially been exposed to asbestos. Over-exposure has been most common in trades, such as plumbing, insulation and fireproofing. Construction employers have a duty to protect their workers from asbestos exposure.

Ontario Regulation 278/05 “Designated Substance - Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations” is the governing regulation in Ontario for building owners, building managers, construction managers, general contractors, engineers and maintenance personnel who are required to manage or may come in contact with asbestos as part of their work activities. It has specific requirements for employer and building owners such as the identification of friable asbestos materials, management programs, training of workers and other requirements. This includes classifying asbestos abatement work as Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3 activity. SEL can assist with ensuring your facility is in compliance with this regulation. 

Our range of services include the following:
- Asbestos Surveys with Recommendations for Abatement
- Design of Asbestos-containing Materials Management Programs
- Design of Contract Specifications, Tendering, Contractor Walkthroughs, and Tender Evaluation 
- Help in selecting an experienced and qualified asbestos abatement contractor
- Inspection During Abatement, Air Monitoring and Laboratory Services
- Air Monitoring to ensure asbestos fibre levels are within acceptable limits during Type 1, 2 & 3 abatement projects.
- Laboratory Service: air sampling and bulk sampling analysis.

In conjunction with the above SEL offers four occupational health and safety training courses specific to asbestos – containing materials. These courses have been designed to address the needs of maintenance personnel, health and safety managers, construction managers, building managers and those interested in conducting Type 1, 2, and 3 abatement. Please refer to our training section for further information.

If you suspect asbestos – containing materials are present in your facility or are planning renovations where Asbestos is present, do not hesitate to contact us at (905) 624-2722 or at 1.877.GO.TO.SEL (1-877-468-6735) or email us at info@safetechenv.com. 

 

Asbestos-Containing Materials

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Ontario Regulation 278/05 “Designated Substance - Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations” is the governing regulation in Ontario for building owners, building managers, construction managers, general contractors, engineers and maintenance personnel who are required to manage or may come in contact with asbestos as part of their work activities. It has specific requirements for employer and building owners such as the identification of friable asbestos materials, management programs, training of workers and other requirements. This includes classifying asbestos abatement work as Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3 activity. SEL can assist with ensuring your facility is in compliance with this regulation.

Some of the requirements of this regulation include the following:
- Identification of friable and non-friable asbestos materials in surveys.
- Removal of >1 m2 of drywall with asbestos-containing joint compound as a Type 2 operation.
- Supplied air respiratory protection for removal of sprayed amosite or crocidolite asbestos.
- Clearance air testing using aggressive air monitoring techniques for most Type 3 operations.
- Completion of an Asbestos Abatement Worker Training Program approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for all workers and supervisors involved in Type 3 operations.

Safetech Environmental Limited (SEL) has a particular expertise in the identification, management, abatement and control of asbestos–containing materials and other hazardous building materials. We can assist you with ensuring that your facility is in compliance with O.Reg. 278/05 and that all hazardous materials present are properly identified and managed.

If you suspect asbestos – containing materials are present in your facility or are planning renovations where Asbestos is present, do not hesitate to contact us at (905) 624-2722 or at 1.877.GO.TO.SEL (1-877-468-6735) or email us at info@safetechenv.com.
 

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