Asbestos-containing materials contain microscopic fibres, that when inhaled into the lungs may cause asbestos related diseases such as asbestos, (scarring of the lung tissue), lung cancer and mesothelioma. Whether you are looking for a detailed scope of work, the required clearance air sampling after a Type 3 abatement or samples prior to or during an abatement activity, IES can…Find Out More
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a non-flammable mineral commonly found in building materials in older homes (usually prior to the 1980s, but in some cases newer than 1995). Asbestos-containing materials contain microscopic fibres, that when inhaled into the lungs may cause asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis (scarring of the lung tissue), lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Materials that may contain asbestos include:
- Roofing – older shingles and roofing paper
- Vermiculite insulation – may be found in wall cavities and attics
- Insulated wraps – found on pipes and heating ducts
- Vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
- Vinyl floor tiles and adhesives
- Drywall joint compound
- Texture coat ceilings
- Ceiling tiles
- Boiler coverings
- Exterior cement type siding products (transite)
It is an Ontario Regulation 278/05 requirement that the owner shall prepare and keep on premises a record containing the information about all known asbestos-containing materials on-site. It is also a requirement that each site has a condition assessment done (a minimum of annually, or when new information becomes available) by someone deemed a competent person, to determine that…Find Out More
Typically asbestos assessments are conducted in two different formats; intrusive and non-intrusive. Intrusive An intrusive assessment is requirement to be performed if an owner is arranging or contracting for any work that may impact any asbestos-containing material. Prior to demolition or renovations, material suspected to contain asbestos should be sampled and analyzed by professionals. Until the results of…Find Out More