Green Demo offers the removal and asbestos testing Vancouver relies on. Our teams of experienced hazmat professionals routinely perform inspections, abatement, and disposal of hazardous materials.
Asbestos was a popular material widely used in the construction industry throughout Canada, with Canada's asbestos mines producing 40% of the world's chrysotile asbestos until 2011. Asbestos use peaked during the late 1960's and early 1970's. At this time the exact dangers of asbestos exposure were unknown.
We now know that exposure to even small quantities of asbestos fibres leads to mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and pleural plaques. These illnesses are often fatal, and the number of new cases has risen over the years and shows no sign of slowing down. Asbestos related diseases can take anywhere from 20-40 years to develop and for people to begin showing symptoms.
At one time asbestos was known as the "magic mineral" because of its natural resistance to water, chemicals, electricity, and fire, and the very malleable nature of the fibres. It's because of these characteristics that asbestos was considered an excellent addition to so many construction materials.
Asbestos can be found in a lot of common building products including: flooring, walls, drywall mud, ceilings, fireproofing materials, mechanical and electrical installations and insulation, roofing, underground piping, adhesives, window putty, and exterior siding. Because it is often added into building materials, it's not a simple material to identify in a home or building.
Because asbestos was added into so many various products, it isn’t easy to identify. In order to determine if there’s asbestos present, you must conduct a thorough inspection and testing of any materials to be disturbed prior to starting a renovation or demolition project. Lab results will tell you if there is any asbestos present, and if there it, you will also learn how highly concentrated it is. The level of asbestos present in a material, risk of exposure (friability), and removal methodology will determine the proper safety procedures that need to be taken during demolition.
If your home or office was built before 1990, there’s a good chance it contains asbestos in some of the building materials. Any disturbance to asbestos containing materials releases its fibres into the air and can be inhaled. It’s the inhalation of asbestos fibres that is so detrimental to health. There are numerous safety precautions, and specialized work procedures that need to be taken when dealing with asbestos containing materials. This is why it’s important only properly trained individuals tackle asbestos removal jobs.
Increased WorkSafeBC regulations relating to the handling of asbestos require strict guidelines for its safe removal and disposal. This is where we come in. Green Demo is leading the industry in asbestos abatement and the safe demolition of asbestos containing materials. If you are looking for asbestos abatement in BC, our skilled technicians are your answer.
We offer a unified, cost effective solution to help you manage your demolition and asbestos abatement needs. We also offer asbestos testing to adhere to businesses' Occupational Health and Safety regulation requirements. All business owners who are aware of a potential risk must complete an inspection. Green Demo can assess whether there is asbestos in your workplace, offer a stress free solution for removal, ensure proper disposal of hazardous materials, and provide solutions to recycle as many non-hazardous materials as possible.
If your building is pre-1990, then there's a good chance some of the building materials contain asbestos.
Protect your employees, yourself, and your family from exposure to asbestos fibres. Get your workplace tested for asbestos.