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. Asbestos testing in Surrey and Vancouver is very important for home and business owners with older buildings. 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 testing, our mobile team will make it to you.
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. We believe strongly in who we serve and make it a point to be able to offer the most professional and efficient services possible..
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.
Homes, cars, schools and many other places can find asbestos inside certain materials if they were built before 1990. If you live in an older home, it’s likely you can find asbestos in:
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.
Asbestos is only a health hazard if particulate fibres are released into the air and inhaled. Breathing in large amounts of asbestos over a long period of time can damage your lungs and cause serious health problems because the fibres get stuck and remain in your lungs. This can lead to scarring, inflammation and other serious problems such as:
Asbestos exposure doesn’t lead to illnesses right away. Rather, it can take years for your health to decline. It’s never safe to assume a building material is free of asbestos, unless it is a brand new product. Asbestos was used in a wide range of materials and it’s so thin that it’s nearly impossible to identify by visual inspection.
If you suspect asbestos is present in your home or workplace, you need a qualified asbestos professional to complete an asbestos test. 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.
Our asbestos testing process is fairly quick 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 after 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.