VANCOUVER HAZMAT SURVEY & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INSPECTION
HAZMAT SURVEY & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INSPECTION IN VANCOUVER AND THE LOWER MAINLAND
Why get issued a STOPWORK ORDER from WorksafeBC due to not meeting regulations and standards, when Lotus is a call away. Our BC hazmat inspections can make things easier for you and your business to operate safely.
The WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety regulations (OHS20.112) states that “before work begins on the demolition or salvage of machinery, equipment, a building or a structure, or the renovation of a building or structure, all employers responsible for that work, and the owner, must ensure that a qualified person inspects the machinery, equipment, building or structure and the worksite to identify the hazardous materials if any”.
Lotus conducts intrusive surveys prior to demolition or renovation of a building to identify hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead or any heavy metal, mercury, PCBs, ozone-depleting substances, and toxic, flammable or explosive materials to meet the WorkSafeBC OHS20.112 regulation.
As a Certified AHERA Building Inspector, we are accredited to complete hazmat assessments and surveys. Lotus Environmental regularly works throughout Metro Vancouver, including North & West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Coquitlam, Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge, Delta, Surrey and Langley.
INSPECTION (BC HAZMAT INSPECTIONS)
Performing a hazardous materials (hazmat) survey is a critical first step to be performed before a renovation or demolition. Often referred to as pre-demolition surveys, hazmat surveys and asbestos testing is done to identify any materials that could prove harmful if not removed from the worksite.
Hazardous materials will be identified, and samples collected for analysis. This will help to determine if abatement is required before work takes place. Once the report has been completed, the cost of any necessary abatement can be determined.
WorkSafeBC requires that any structure built prior to 1990 include asbestos assessment as part of the hazmat survey. Asbestos is one of the most common substances tested for, and specific regulations govern its removal and disposal. Other hazardous materials to watch for include lead, mold, PCBs, and radon. Any of these can pose a threat to the occupants of a building or the renovation contractors. These toxic elements may be present throughout the building and can be found in everyday items that appear harmless.
Our team has the necessary training and experience to recognize hazardous materials and products that may contain asbestos. This can include plumbing insulation, plaster, floor tiles, and even cement. Asbestos can be difficult to spot, requiring an expert eye.
Asbestos can be classified as friable (easily crumbled) and non-friable, and there are different ways to handle it depending on factors such as its age and condition, or the work that is to be done on the building.
You will receive a report detailing everything that is found during our asbestos testing in Vancouver. Detailed information will let your contractors know what materials are present, in what quantity, and where they are located, so that they can follow the appropriate safety protocols.