Asbestos Removal & Abatement Services
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Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (pipe and other insulation, roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings and many more. When asbestos-containing materials or ACM’s are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems. Asbestos has now been determined by medical research to be the lead cause of Asbestosis, a cancer in the lung that can lead to death.
Possible Exposure Sources:
1) Workplace exposure to people that work in industries that mine, make or use asbestos products and those living near these industries, including the construction industry (particularly building demolition and renovation activities), the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials), and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.
2) Deteriorating, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing products such as insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials, and floor tiles.
Ontario has many regulations under both the Environmental Protection Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act pertaining to Asbestos and other designated and hazardous substances. Asbestos, being one of the substances that was widely used in building materials, has been classified by law in Canada as a designated substance that was banned from use by any industries unless by strict conditions.
Ontario Regulation 278/05 was introduced in 2005 to deal with Asbestos and other designated and hazardous substances. There are 11 substances classified under Occupational Health and Safety Act to be designated as a result of their toxic effect. The Act has 11 separate Regulations that have been passed, each describing the amount of the substance that workers can be exposed to and different ways to control and measure the substance in the workplace. It is the responsibility of building owners and employers to properly identify the Designated Substances that are present at their site.
This information also needs to be provided to all bidders at the tendering stage as a requirement of the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. Following is a list of the 11 Designated Substances and their corresponding regulations:
1) Acrylonitrile O. Reg. 835
2) Arsenic O. Reg. 836
3) Asbestos O. Reg. 278
4) Benzene O. Reg. 839
5) Coke Oven Emissions O. Reg. 840
6) Ethylene Oxide O. Reg. 841
7) Isocyanates O. Reg. 842
8) Lead O. Reg. 843
9) Mercury O. Reg. 844
10) Silica O. Reg. 845
11) Vinyl Chloride O. Reg. 846
In addition to the above designated substances, the law classifies a number of other substances as hazardous, they are:
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
- Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODSs)
- Electromagnetic Radiation
- Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)
The laws in Ontario are very clear when it comes to designated and hazardous substances and materials. Asbestos, again, one of the most to have been used is considered one of the most strictly regulated substances due to its dramatic health and environmental impact.
In a nutshell, Ontario Regulation 278/05 states that any owner, or contractor, engaging in repair, renovations, demolition, or disturbance of building materials contained in a building that was built prior to March 16, 1986 should confirm the presence of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s). If the subject building is confirmed to contain ACM’s, then a proper removal under the same regulation is necessary to comply with the law. Non compliance can lead to a larger magnitude consequence and may result in facing charges and large fines.
We cannot emphasize and be more persistent on the importance of complying with the Ontario Regulations pertaining to Asbestos. They are there for a reason, they are dramatic for a reason. Many consultants, contractors, building owners, insurance companies and employers underestimate (unfortunately) the regulatory requirements. We have seen corners cut, and ultimately, the occupants and users become at risk. This is not tolerable by law, or ethics of any reputable contracting or consulting firm. Asbestos, despite the opinion of some, is a cause to illness and death and should be taken seriously. Call us for an absolutely free phone advice on what you should do and where you stand with the law. Call us at 1-855-291-4663, we are both engineering professionals, and environmental service providers, you can count on us to remove that unwanted asbestos.
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