Asbestos /Vermiculite

Asbestos /Vermiculite

We offer a complete support service for identifying and securing materials containing asbestos in your buildings (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, construction sites, etc.). Our mission is to locate, sample and analyze materials that may contain asbestos, and provide you with a detailed characterization report with the recommendations of our professionals on the measures to take to secure or remove them. This report serves to meet the requirements of the CNESST regulations.

Vermiculite Testing

The vermiculite insulation known under the name zonolite is mainly located in attics, and may contain asbestos fibers harmful to the health. As a result, Health Canada issued a notice for vermiculite in 2004 and recommends that professionals collect and analyze three samples of this insulation.

VERY IMPORTANT

The scientific value of the analysis is skewed if the samples are mixed in a single bag because asbestos will be diluted. For this reason, all three samples should be collected by an experienced professional, in isolation, and placed in individual bags.

TESTING OF BUILDING MATERIALS (WALLS, CEILINGS, ETC.)

The list of materials likely to contain asbestos is very long, and only a detailed inspection makes it possible to count them in a building. To check if a material contains asbestos or
not, do not hesitate to contact us, a preventionist will do the necessary to better advise you.

TEST OF FLOCAGES AND THERMAL INSULATION

Flocking and insulation must be inspected in order to determine if they contain asbestos or not. Their identification and location in buildings has been mandatory since the application of the new regulations related to the safe management of asbestos that came into force June 6, 2013.

  • Flocking

Flocking is a mixture of friable materials applied by projection to cover a surface, most often for thermal insulation purposes.

  • Thermal INSULATION

Insulation is an insulating material that covers an installation or equipment, often pipes, to prevent loss of heat.

ASBESTOS AIR TEST

To control air quality following decontamination of a building containing asbestos, renovation or demolition, it is highly recommended to perform an air test to ensure that the air is clean and is exempt of asbestos fibers.

Materials free of Asbestos

  • Materials such as: wood, natural stone, marble, sandstone, glass, plastic and metals
  • Gypsum board and joint compounds manufactured by North American companies since
    January 1, 1980
  • Flocking installed in buildings and civil engineering works since February 15, 1990
  • Thermal insulation installed in buildings and civil engineering works since May 20, 1999

Asbestos, what effects on health?

Thanks to the many qualities possessed by asbestos (thermal and sound insulation, resistance to wear and heat), it has been used extensively in the construction sector in Quebec. Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber, which could cause serious illness (breathing problems, cancer, etc.) when inhaled. All occupants of a contaminated building in contact with asbestos, are subject to major risks to their health.
Asbestos fibers are 400 to 2000 times smaller than a hair, and therefore very difficult to eliminate by the body. However, they penetrate to the pulmonary alveoli when a person inhales. An increasing number of diseases are generated because of asbestos.
To prevent these health risks, the Quebec regulations provide that all buildings with a collective employee presence must be inspected in order to locate asbestos flocking for buildings built before the 15th. February 1990, and asbestos-containing insulation for those built before May 20, 1999

References:

 1- Asbestos Safe Management-Guide
http://www.cnesst.gouv.qc.ca/publications/200/documents/dc200_1571web.pdf
2- Asbestos safety management – Leaflet
http://www.cnesst.gouv.qc.ca/publications/100/documents/dc100_1668web.pdf
3- Asbestos, we protect ourselves! : Memorandum on the dangers of asbestos exposure
http://www.cnesst.gouv.qc.ca/publications/500/Documents/DC500_240web.pdf

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