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BC Hazmat Inspections provides hazmat inspections and analytical lab services for hazardous materials such as mould, lead and asbestos—a hazardous material when breathed in. It’s important for home and business owners with older buildings in Surrey and Vancouver to have their property tested for asbestos.  Asbestos was formerly widely used in building materials and, if released in the air, its particles can lead to serious health issues. If you need asbestos analysis or asbestos testing, our mobile team is waiting for your call.


Asbestos Testing & Analysis in Our In-House Laboratory

For over 10 years, we have been providing our customers with asbestos testing services in the Surrey and Vancouver area. Our residential and industrial clients trust us for our quality workmanship and thorough attention to detail. We have in-house laboratory to reduce the turnaround time required in technical analysis. Count on us when in need of asbestos analysis in Surrey.

Our in-house lab is staffed by NIOSH certified technicians. Our laboratory offers you the benefit of having samples analyzed quickly and efficiently. Our AHERA certified team is continually expanding the scope of our operations to suit the complex needs of our clients. Our team believes in maintaining the highest standards of the industry, providing you with services that are professional and efficient.

What is Asbestos & How is It Tested?

Asbestos is a group of natural mineral fibres found in rocks. There are several types of fibres that are long, thin, flexible, strong and durable. Asbestos is a heat and fire-resistant substance that was used as an insulator prior to the 1990s in various consumer, industrial, automotive and construction products. Its usage ceased after it was found linked to adverse health effects.

At BC Hazmat Inspections, we ensure that our team of professional surveyors visit your property to make prompt analysis and recommendations for asbestos removal. As a part of the HAZMAT analysis, we follow the following procedures for asbestos testing:

  • Our professionals will visit your property and conduct inspections.
  • We take samples to be sent to our testing facility for analysis.
  • The lab prepares a HAZMAT report with samples.

Using state-of-the-art tools and equipment, your property’s asbestos testing report is prepared. Our asbestos testing process helps us serve you in the best possible way in identifying the presence of hazardous deposits. Feel free to call us for safe and reliable asbestos testing and inspection today!


What to Expect from the Analysis

Before starting your construction and renovation project, you must get your asbestos testing and analysis done. Asbestos analysis helps classify the toxicity of hazardous material. If it is not catered to in-time, this hazardous material can turn your construction project expensive.


It becomes more crucial to get this done for those who are working on-site. As far as the asbestos analysis is concerned, this report is mandated by WorkSafeBC regulations for the detection of hazardous materials in your building or property. The asbestos analysis comprises of the following sections:

  • The type of report
  • The general incident information
  • The packaging information
  • The consequences
  • The description of events and package failure
  • Recommendations for prevention
  • Lastly, the contact information

A survey is conducted as per the WorkSafeBC in order to collect samples for suspected asbestos materials for analysis. After its completion, a report is prepared containing the list of worksite hazardous material in a tabular format. This is further uploaded on the worksite with photographic evidence, including all the identified substances.

The asbestos analysis outlines the following:

  • Material type
  • Friability
  • Location
  • Condition
  • Extent
  • Accessibility

By choosing BC Hazmat Inspections, you can rest assured that our asbestos analysis experts are NIOSH certified technicians who are trained in analyzing the samples quickly, paying close attention to detail.



Where Can Asbestos Be Found?

Asbestos was used in all kinds of buildings up until the 1990s. Its heat and fire-resistant qualities made it a popular choice of material for both commercial and residential spaces. As a result, it's now very common to find the presence of asbestos in homes and commercial buildings alike. We regularly conduct asbestos testing and analysis for homes, offices, warehouses, retail stores, in Vancouver, Surrey, and the Lower Mainland.

If you live in an older home that was built before 1990, it’s likely you can find asbestos in:

  • Crawlspaces and basement floors
  • Ducting
  • Electrical wiring
  • Fireplaces
  • Flooring
  • Furnaces 
  • Plumbing
  • Roofing and siding
  • Wall and ceiling tiles

Tubes and pipes may be wrapped in asbestos, and vinyl tiles used in flooring, ceilings and walls may contain asbestos. Shingles and siding may be made of asbestos mixed with other materials, and the artificial logs in your fireplace could have been manufactured using asbestos.

If you’re residing or working in an older building, undergoing asbestos testing is highly recommended. Contact us to know more about how we can help you analyze the presence of hazardous materials.


The Risks of Asbestos Exposure

When disturbed, asbestos releases toxic fibres in the air that are extremely harmful if inhaled. Both long-term and short-term exposure to asbestos fibres is damaging to your physical health. The two worst kinds of exposures, however, are when people are exposed to an intense concentration of it and when they're exposed to it for an extended period. Once the toxic fibres enter your body, and there is no way to flush them out - they cause damage that cannot be reversed. Not only do they cause a host of lung problems including genetic damage, but there is also a type of cancer linked primarily to asbestos exposure. Worse still, the effects of asbestos show up decades after exposure, building up over time. Some health problems that are caused by asbestos exposure are:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening
  • Pleural effusions
  • Pleural plaques
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


If you suspect asbestos is present in your home or workplace, you need a qualified asbestos professional to complete an asbestos test and complete analysis. Similarly, before you renovate your home or demolish an old industrial building, it’s very important that you get asbestos testing. This will protect you and any workers from potentially being exposed to asbestos. If asbestos is found, to reduce the potential for injury or disease, you need to eliminate the source of asbestos exposure through abatement.

Do you have any questions regarding our asbestos testing services? Are you concerned about having asbestos on your property? Send us your comments or queries and we will get back to you. You can also call us directly at 604-593-8275.


Contact OUR TEAM OF Professionals IN SURREY TODAY

Our asbestos testing and analysis is a fairly quick process because we have an in-house lab staffed by NIOSH certified technicians. A qualified team member will inspect your house or office, take samples and have the samples analyzed at our facility. Our lab technicians will prepare a report of those samples, which will be given to you within a quick turnaround. To book an appointment for asbestos testing in Surry or Vancouver and to ask any questions you may have, contact the experts at BC Hazmat Inspections.

Take the first step to an asbestos-free home


BC Hazmat Inspections

#220 - 19358 96th Ave.

Surrey, BC

V4N 4C5

Phone: 604-593-8275


Service Area

Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Langley


Sunday Closed

Monday - Friday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Saturday Closed


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