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asbestos.jpg Asbestos-Containing Materials
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.
 
hazardousmaterials.jpg Hazardous Building Materials
Found in virtually every building environment, hazardous materials such as lead, silica, mercury and asbestos are common components of building materials. These hazardous building materials are dangerous to you and your staff when they become degraded, disturbed or airborne during maintenance, construction, renovation or demolition. Prior to engaging in any of these activities, it’s your responsibility to identify hazardous materials and plan for their management/abatement.
 
indoorair.jpg Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

If you are a building owner or employer, monitoring and maintaining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) should always be on your agenda. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a major issue, as today's heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems continually recycle indoor air. What this means is internally generated air pollution – from the off-gassing and emissions of office furniture, supplies and equipment, cleaning agents and/or pesticides – can build up and negatively impact your employees' health.

 
mould.jpg Mould and Water Damage
It’s a well-known fact that mould contaminated food can be harmful to your health. Less widely understood is that the presence of mould and bacteria (bioaerosols) in your daily environment can cause illness, infections and allergies. From current research, we have learned that infants, seniors and people with immune system deficiencies are particularly susceptible to airborne bioaerosols.
 
environmental.jpg Environmental Site Assessments and Remediation

If you are involved in a commercial or industrial real estate transaction, you will need an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) in order to complete the sale agreement. All financial institutions require ESAs prior to advancing mortgage funds to finance properties. ESAs can determine a property’s probability of contamination in order to manage their environmental risks. Conducting an ESA can reassure you and your financial institution that the property you are about to purchase has no past or present environmental liabilities associated with it, such as unknown contaminated soil or leaked Underground Storage Tanks (USTs). ESAs can also identify the potential (or possible) presence of hazardous building materials.

 
occupational.jpg Occupational Hygiene
Numerous manufacturing processes, operations and equipment/machinery involving the use of chemicals can result in occupational hygiene concerns due to worker exposure to hazardous substances. Some of these activities or the environments in which machinery and equipment is present can also lead to worker exposure to physical agents such as noise and heat. Overexposure to such chemical and physical hazards is a major cause of occupational illness among workers and can also result in significant costs for business through lost time and higher work place insurance premiums.
 
airemissions.jpg Environmental Compliance Approval and Air Emissions Reporting

If your facility releases contaminants into the air or creates noise, you may need an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) - formerly known as a Certificate of Approval (C of A), from the Ministry of Environment. Most industrial facilities require approval. Some examples where approvals are necessary: particulate emissions from a process, solvent emissions from a painting or manufacturing line and sound from an emergency generator.

 
infection.jpg Infection Control
In Canada an estimated 250,000 patients a year acquire hospital (nosocomial) infections resulting in 8,000 to 12,000 deaths a year. Of these, 5% (or 400 to 600 deaths) are thought to occur as a direct result of construction-related activities. If you administer, manage or maintain a health care facility, you need to be concerned about nosocomial infections – which pose a particular threat to infants, the sick, and the elderly.
 
lead.jpg Lead Containing Building Materials
Lead is a heavy metal that has been used in industrial setting for thousands of years. Exposure to lead can cause specific adverse health effects to the blood system, kidneys, reproductive system, and the nervous system.
 
radonthumbnail.jpg Radon Radiation Monitoring

Radon enters all buildings through cracks in floors, crawl spaces and service lines. Radon will enter any building regardless of its use, age, operation, the construction methods employed or the quality of construction.

 
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