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ASBESTOS Inspection… Why
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Unveiling the Deadly Threat: Act Now to Protect Against Asbestos Exposure!

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral fiber used in construction for its heat resistance. However, inhalation of its fibers can cause serious health issues like lung diseases, making its identification and proper handling crucial for safety.

 

Who is in DANGER of Asbestos Exposure?

Individuals who work with or are exposed to asbestos fibers, such as construction workers, miners, and those in shipbuilding or manufacturing, are at risk of developing asbestosis—a lung disease—and facing increased mortality rates due to asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

 

What Has Changed In 2024 Regarding Asbestos Inspection?

WorkSafe BC’s emphasis on asbestos inspection in 2024 underscores the critical need to protect workers and the public from the dangers of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, prevalent in many older buildings and structures, poses significant health risks, including respiratory illnesses and cancer. Conducting thorough asbestos surveys prior to any renovation or demolition activities is essential to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials safely. Employing a qualified asbestos inspection company ensures compliance with WorkSafe BC regulations and standards, mitigating potential legal and financial repercussions. Prioritizing asbestos inspection is crucial for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all.

 

What Is a Asbestos Survey?

An asbestos survey is a comprehensive inspection to identify and assess asbestos-containing materials in a building or structure for safety compliance.

 

Who MUST Complete An Asbestos Survey?

In BC, Canada, in 2024, anyone undertaking renovations or demolitions must complete an asbestos survey to identify and manage asbestos-containing materials, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

10 – Reasons Why a Asbestos Inspection, Sampling, Testing &

Reporting Is APARAMOUNT Concern in 2024.

  1. Ensure Health and Safety Compliance, avoiding fines and penalties.
  2. Protect Workers, identifying asbestos-containing materials.
  3. Fulfill Legal Requirements, avoiding litigation.
  4. Safeguard Public Safety, preventing environmental contamination.
  5. Preserve Property Integrity, avoiding damage during renovations.
  6. Save Costs, by early detection and management.
  7. Enhance Reputation, showing commitment to safety.
  8. Ensure Regulatory Compliance, preventing project delays.
  9. Protect the Environment, by proper handling and disposal.
  10. Provide Peace of Mind, ensuring safe renovations or demolitions.

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 Are Homeowners and Contractors in BC, Canada subject to Fines by WorkSafe BC for Non-Compliance with Asbestos Testing Laws?

Yes, both homeowners and contractors in BC, Canada, can face penalties and fines from WorkSafe BC for not completing and complying with asbestos testing laws. Failure to adhere to regulations regarding asbestos testing can result in significant legal consequences, including fines and penalties imposed by WorkSafe BC. It’s crucial for homeowners and contractors to ensure compliance with these laws to avoid potential liabilities and ensure the safety of workers and the public.

 

Mandatory: 10 Asbestos – Containing Materials Requiring Testing in 2024.

  1. Thermal insulation (e.g., pipe insulation, boiler insulation)
  2. Ceiling and floor tiles
  3. Roofing and siding shingles
  4. Textured paint and patching compounds
  5. HVAC duct insulation
  6. Vermiculite insulation
  7. Electrical wiring insulation
  8. Fireproofing materials (e.g., sprayed-on insulation)
  9. Cement pipes and sheets
  10. Vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring

 

What is Involved in an Asbestos Inspection/Survey, and How Long Does It Take?

An asbestos inspection typically involves a Certified Inspector visually examining the property for asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). This may include taking samples for lab analysis. The duration depends on the size and complexity of the property but usually takes a few hours to a day.

How is Asbestos Sampling Conducted, and is it intrusive to my property?

Asbestos sampling involves carefully collecting small material samples suspected to contain asbestos. Asbestos sampling involves taking a bulk sample of the suspected building material, often through cutting. While it’s considered destructive testing, efforts are made to minimize damage. The sample is then sent to a lab for analysis to determine asbestos presence. It’s minimally invasive. Sampling locations are selected strategically to minimize disruption while ensuring accurate assessment of potential asbestos presence.

What happens during Asbestos Lab Analysis, and How Accurate Are the Results?

During asbestos lab analysis, the collected samples undergo rigorous testing using specialized equipment and techniques to detect asbestos fibers. The process involves sample preparation, microscopic examination, and identification of asbestos types and concentrations. The results are highly accurate, as they are conducted by certified professionals following strict protocols and standards set by regulatory agencies.

How long does it take to receive the lab report, and what information does it include?

The time to receive an Asbestos Lab Report varies, typically taking a few days to a week. The report includes details on sample analysis, such as asbestos types identified, their concentrations, and recommendations for management or removal, if necessary.

What are the next steps if asbestos is found, and how can it be safely managed or removed?

If asbestos is found, the next steps involve developing a management plan to minimize exposure risks. This may include encapsulation, enclosure, or removal by licensed professionals following strict safety protocols. Proper disposal methods are crucial to prevent environmental contamination.

Risks with Asbestos

Who is at RISK?

• Demolition and Renovation Contractors

• Carpenters, Plumbers, and Electricians

• Building Owners, Home Inspectors, Insurance Adjusters,
  and Real-estate Agents

Asbestos Exposure

Lung Damage, Respiroty Problems,and Asbestosis Disease

Asbestos exposure is linked to over 100,000 deaths annually worldwide.

Approximately 125 million people globally are exposed to asbestos at the workplace each year.

• Long-term exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis in both humans and pets

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We Offer Asbestos Inspection, Sampling, Lab Analysis & Lab Reporting in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Kamloops & ALL Over Souther BC.
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To Reduce the Potential for Injury or Disease, you need to control the risks and hazards in your workplace, by utilizing professional Asbestos Inspection Services. Don’t worry, we have the best Asbestos Inspection Testing Labs around. Assure Property Solutions Inc. laboratories are:

  1. Accredited by recognized bodies.
  2. Compliant with standardized testing protocols.
  3. Qualified and employ personnel trained in asbestos analysis.
  4. Equipped with the Proper equipment and facilities for safe sample handling.
  5. Adherent to regulatory guidelines for reporting and documentation.

The most effective way to manage the risk of exposure to asbestos is to eliminate the source of exposure.

Elimination or Substitution

Eliminating the asbestos hazard by substituting a safer material, where possible, is the most effective solution. Question to consider:

✔️ Can you replace asbestos containing products such as brakes, clutches, or gaskets with non-asbestos substitutes?

✔️ When in Doubt Hire A Certified Asbestos Inspection Company?

Engineering Controls

Help?Making physical modifications to facilities, equipment, and processes can reduce exposure. Some questions to consider:

✔️ Can asbestos containing materials be encapsulated or enclosed?

✔️ How can asbestos removal work areas be enclosed, and the air filtered to prevent the escape of asbestos fibres?

✔️ How will worker exposure to asbestos be monitored?

✔️ How will asbestos waste be properly contained and disposed of?

✔️ Can Asbestos Inspection Companies Help?

Administrative Controls

Making physical modifications to facilities, equipment, and processes can reduce exposure. Some questions to consider:

✔️ Can asbestos containing materials be encapsulated or enclosed?

✔️ How can asbestos removal work areas be enclosed, and the air filtered to prevent the escape of asbestos fibres?

✔️ How will worker exposure to asbestos be monitored?

✔️ How will asbestos waste be properly contained and disposed of?

Personal Protective Equipment

This is the least effective control. It must always be used in addition to at least one other control. Personal protective equipment must always be used when working with asbestos. Some questions to consider:

✔️ Do workers have the required personal protective equipment, including respirators and protective clothing?

✔️ Have respirators been checked and fit tested to make sure they will work properly?

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Why do I need a Clearance Report/Letter?

When it comes to protecting yourself from liability, it is critical to know if a business or contractor you plan to hire is Certified, Insured and in good standing.

To protect yourself or your business from problems or additional insurance premiums, always get an ASBESTOS Survey/Asbestos Inspection Completed and a Clearance Letter Signed before and after you receive services from an Abatement Company or Subcontractor from a 3rd party Indoor Air Quality Professional! A clearance letter confirms the home or business in question has completed the required remediation correctly and environmental testing has occurred and that the home or building is safe to occupy, and that Air Quality Levels are Acceptable. In order to be absolved of any potential liability related to your subcontractor’s work, you must receive a clearance letter stating that the indoor Air Quality is SAFE!

An Asbestos Inspection, Asbestos Survey is Critical for Everyone

• Considering buying a home built during the 1990s or earlier

• Property owners who are considering maintenance or renovations on a property built 1990s or earlier

• Property Investors buying property to renovate and resell or to tenant

• Commercial Property Owners and Managers

• Body Corporate or Strata Title Managers

• Anybody with control or management of a Workplace

Looking for more Information Regarding Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos. Click the Link Below.

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/books-guides/safe-work-practices-for-handling-asbestos

What to Expect from an Asbestos Inspection?

A Certified Asbestos Inspection includes a full visual assessment to identify areas of the building which potentially contain Asbestos. The building or area in question is surveyed, building material are listed where and how much Asbestos is potentially found. This information MUST be documented in a written report proving that a CERTIFIED Asbestos Testing Laboratory carried out the Testing and Reporting.

Recommendations for further risk management requirements are also available. Assure Property Solutions Inc. does NOT offer Asbestos Removal services, we have no vested interest in either overstating the quantity of suspect or Asbestos Containing Materials or in exaggerating the poor condition of the material, constraining your management options to removal when there may be suitable alternatives.

In many situations the presence of asbestos containing material can only be confirmed with an Asbestos Laboratory Test. This requires that one or a number of small samples are safely removed and sent to an accredited Laboratory for testing and analysis.

Assure can provide safe and reliable Asbestos Investigation, Asbestos Sampling and Analysis in conjunction with our accredited laboratory partners. 

 

Assure Offers, Professional Asbestos Inspections Services

 It is critical that anyone considering even minor maintenance and renovations which may include drilling, scraping, demolishing or disposing of building materials that you have an Inspection organized quickly and efficiently by our qualified Asbestos Inspectors.

An Asbestos Test can potentially ensure that you do not expose yourself, your family and even contractors to the dangerous hazard.

Since Asbestos needs to be handled carefully, only trust trained professionals to take care of your asbestos identification and asbestos testing requirements.

Get the reassurance that your home or building is free from illness causing asbestos.