When starting any type of construction project here in B.C., you’re required by law to conduct a Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Survey. More buildings than you might think contain hazardous materials like asbestos and lead, which can pose significant health risks to the people that live and work in them. Here are three situations where it’s essential to schedule a hazmat inspection.
1. Renovating an older (or not so old) building If you live or work in a building that was built before 1990, the structure should be inspected for asbestos before beginning a renovation project. Although once commonly used as a building material, as asbestos breaks down, it turns into inhalable particles that can lead to life-threatening conditions like lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos must be removed by trained professionals before renovating a building to avoid exposing anyone to toxic particles. Older buildings are also likely to contain other dangerous materials such as lead and mercury that should be promptly dealt with by hazmat specialists. 2. Beginning a demolition project It may not be immediately clear why buildings that are about to be destroyed have to be inspected, but the reality is that the demolition process can expose people to hazardous substances like asbestos, lead and other toxic chemicals that may be present on the site. It’s vital to schedule a hazmat inspection before beginning demolition to protect the safety of everyone who lives and works in the area. 3. Checking the air quality in industrial and commercial spaces Hazmat inspections can also be scheduled when you need to monitor the air quality of an industrial or commercial building. If a space has been used for operations involving toxic chemicals, the air may be contaminated by dangerous vapours or fumes and thereby create an unsafe environment for employees. A hazmat specialist will perform an air monitoring analysis to make sure the air is safe to breathe. Hazmat Testing in Greater Vancouver If you need to schedule a hazmat inspection in the Greater Vancouver area, get in touch with BC Hazmat Inspections. Our inspectors will thoroughly examine the premises for toxic substances, and our lab technicians will conduct asbestos, lead and mould testing to determine whether there are potential health risks. To schedule an inspection in Surrey, or elsewhere in the Greater Vancouver Area, contact us today.