Hazardous Building Materials
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Hazardous Building Materials (Asbestos, Lead Paint etc.)

Managing buildings or real estate requires a high level of due diligence. Parts of those requirements include the need to develop an up-to-date and accurate inventory of the asbestos containing materials. This is not only required to be completed prior to demolition but it is also required for managing existing buildings.

Hazardous building materials

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In the past, it was just asbestos that needed to be identified. As regulations around the world changed, so did the needs of a hazardous building material survey. Now, in addition to asbestos, building materials like lead based paints, PCBs, mercury, silica, etc., all may need to be identified.

The hazardous building material survey team of Sterling IAQ are trained and certified under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) program. Additionally, are certified AHERA Building Inspectors do maintain their certification through annual refresher training.

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Abandoned bags of asbestos containing vermiculite in trailer of old truck.

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Asbestos containing cement board applied to underside of home (grey sheets are asbestos boards).

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Pipe insulation containing asbestos in old boiler room.

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Asbestos containing vermiculite that has leaked from a wall cavity.

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Asbestos containing wall texture coat.

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Asbestos worker with sampling pump.

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Old floor tile containing asbestos.

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Asbestos can be present in vinyl sheet flooring or floor tiles. It is important to test all layers of flooring.

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The insulation in the middle of the photo around the pipe is called Air-Cell Insulation and it is a known asbestos containing material.

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Asbestos fibers under microscope.

Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Surveys

In the WorksafeBC OH&S Regulation, section 20.112 requires hazardous materials surveys to be completed on buildings constructed prior to 1990 if there is demolition or renovation planned. These hazardous materials can include asbestos, lead, PCB’s, mercury and ozone depleting substances. Sterling IAQ Consultants Ltd. provide clients with comprehensive building surveys and risk assessments to identify and prioritize hazardous building materials. All building survey’s are conducted by an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) building inspector to ensure your survey is complete and comprehensive.


WorkSafeBC on Asbestos

Our  Hazardous Building Materials Services include:

  • Comprehensive building surveys and risk assessments
  • Development and implementation of hazardous material management program
  • Asbestos hazard awareness training programs
  • Contract specification development and tendering
  • Selection of suitable contractors
  • Full project management during abatement projects