Hazardous Materials Inspection or Hazmat Survey
Homes built before 1990 are generally suspected to have asbestos-containing materials. Areas that are to be disturbed during a renovation would need to be sampled to determine if they might contain asbestos. Some people also call this an asbestos survey. Asbestos is only one of the dangers that could be in a home, and a BC Hazmat Management survey will encompass more if indicated.
The requirement of such a survey is regulated under WorkSafeBC to protect workers (both paid and volunteer) from possible exposure to hazardous materials and we must perform them with due diligence in mind. As well, most municipalities require a hazmat survey and report before issuing a building or demolition permit.
In other words, due diligence applies, whether you are doing the work yourself or having a contractor handle it for you.
Learn more at WorkSafe BC – Asbestos awareness for homeowners
What Items may contain Asbestos?
- asphalt shingles and its related tar material
- roofing felt
- floor tile
- linoleum (including vinyl)
- mastics (glues)
- mortars and putties
- texture coats (ceiling and wall) and stucco
- drywall mud
- caulking material
- insulating materials
- and more.
Survey reports include our inspection, procurement of samples and the comprehensive written report with results. Sample results usually take a week to ten business days to receive from the lab, with our written report coming approximately one week later. Your completed report would also include observations on mold, PCBs, lead, mercury, as well as other toxic and biological hazards if encountered.
To inquire about a hazardous materials inspection for your home or business please call
250-656-3382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a contractor, handyman or person who wishes to learn more about asbestos and asbestos remediation, take a look at our training schedule for: