Hazardous Materials Management & Training

Our Hazardous Materials Group provides testing, consulting and training services to identify and manage building-related hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead paint and other designated substances. The Group assists clients in protecting assets, complying with environmental, health and safety legislation, and protecting occupant health. The Group includes professionally-accredited staff including Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH), Registered Occupational Hygienists (ROH) and Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP).

Our Services Include:

Assessments, Sampling and Analysis, Risk Assessments, Surveys

We perform hazardous materials assessments and re-assessments, sampling, and surveys for lead paints or lead products, and asbestos-containing materials. These services are often in response to employee complaints, damaged building materials or renovation and demolition-related activities.

Hazardous Materials Investigations

We conduct investigations to help delineate a project scope of work for abatement, renovation or demolition projects that may involve hazardous materials.

Hazardous Materials Training

We offer training across all our service lines (hazardous materials, environmental, occupational health & safety). Some of our hazardous materials-specific training includes:

o Asbestos Awareness
o Asbestos Certification
o Lead Awareness
o Designated Substances Awareness

We also offer customized hazardous materials training programs on other topics to meet your needs. Our training is available in a variety of formats, including classroom-based at your office or at a designated venue, and customized e-learning.

Inspections & Air Monitoring

We provide site inspection and air monitoring services during hazardous materials abatement or remediation activities (e.g. asbestos, lead), final visual inspections and final air clearance sampling.

Peer Review

We provide professional peer reviews of existing reports provided to you by another environmental consultant. We can provide a gap analysis and recommendations for the most suitable and cost-effective solutions pertaining to hazardous materials.

Abatement Project Design

We provide technical scope of work and specifications for abatement projects, designing and planning projects that accommodate complex client needs and schedules, to ensure a successful and safe project completion.

Project Management

We provide project management services to oversee the execution of construction or abatement/remediation work from project implementation to project completion.

Frequently Asked Questions:

(Note – the answers to the following questions reference Ontario legislation. Call us if you have similar questions about other jurisdictions, or need help with other health and safety issues.)

How many designated substances are in Ontario?
Eleven substances have been prescribed as designated substances in one regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (O. Reg . 490/09, Designated Substances), including asbestos, lead, mercury and arsenic.
When do I need a Designated Substance Survey?
Designated substance surveys (which include substances such asbestos, lead and silica) are completed to determine the presence of hazardous substances or hazardous building materials at a property. The purpose of the survey is to provide information on substances that could pose a risk to workers or occupants during a planned renovation, demolition, or restoration project.
What is Asbestos?
Before the mid-1980s, asbestos was widely used because of its useful properties of strength, flexibility and resistance to both heat and chemical corrosion. Asbestos-containing materials, or ACMs, were commonly used in the construction of houses, schools, hospitals, residential apartment complexes, libraries, office towers, and more.
How often should asbestos be inspected?
As part of the Asbestos Management Plan, ACM’s should be inspected regularly and at least annually. If you haven’t complied with this law, you may be expected to re-survey the property as the condition of the ACM’s may have changed.
What is an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP)? Do I need one?
An AMP is a tool that is used to allow the continuation of everyday or normal building operations and maintenance activities, while limiting the potential of asbestos exposure of a building’s occupants, tenants, maintenance workers, and outside contractors being brought to the site to complete work activities. If a person or company is directly involved with a building’s maintenance and care, an AMP is required to be compliant with provincial regulations.

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