Homeowners are responsible for the safety of any workers on their property. They are also responsible for keeping any disturbed asbestos from entering the air, which could potentially be harmful to the public. (WorkSafe BC)
Homeowners are also responsible for ensuring that any asbestos-containing materials (ACM) that they remove are disposed of properly. There are strict bagging and disposal requirements, and the removed material must be disposed of at a secure landfill that accepts ACM.
In addition, a clearance letter is required before any renovation or demolition can begin after ACM removal. This will involve a visual check and air sampling to determine that the air is “clear”. This “air clearance” can sometimes be difficult to obtain if the job was not done by a professional remediation company.
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Asbestos fibres are too small to see with the naked eye. The only way to be sure if asbestos is present is to have the materials tested.
Home SOULutions Remediation will be pleased to come and collect samples of material for you if you are doing a small renovation project such as removing a wall or some flooring - or if you have vermiculite insulation in your attic. Roy Piper possesses his AHERA certification. This means we have been trained in the proper protocols for sample collection. We will take these samples to the lab for you and have them tested. The amount of samples needed for collection and your timeline for results will determine the cost for this service.
If you are conducting a large-scale renovation project or planning a demolition we recommend that you have a complete hazardous materials survey conducted directly by an environmental lab.
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