Commercial Asbestos Removal & Abatement Contractors for Toronto and the GTA

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Asbestos in the work environment is a serious health risk regulated by the Ontario government. That’s why it’s important to have commercial asbestos handled by certified, seasoned experts - because going it alone could be dangerous to worker health, and result in serious lawsuits and fines. Talk to us – we service hospitals, school boards, warehouses, office buildings – anywhere commercial asbestos is found in the Greater Toronto Area.

Asbestos & Worker Health

Asbestos is a group of natural minerals composed of tiny, fibrous crystals. When these fibers are inhaled, they can cause serious illnesses including rare and deadly cancers. In fact, of the Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) approved occupational disease fatality claims in the last 10 years, a full 85% dealt with asbestos.

Asbestos Removal Regulation and Liability

The disposal and transportation of asbestos waste is regulated by the Ontario government. Therefore, dealing with asbestos independently can result in hefty fines. For example, in 2009, a company and its director in Cambridge, Ontario were fined a total of $70,000 in contrary to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Types of Asbestos Abatement We Handle

Our fully-certified contractors have successfully completed the Asbestos Abatement Worker Training Program approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and are able to handle all three types of asbestos abatement, as designated by the Occupational Health and Safety Act . The regulations specify 3 types of asbestos abatement operations; namely, Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3:

Type 1 Asbestos Abatement Operations Include

  • Removing asbestos-containing ceiling tiles, vinyl floor tiles, etc.
  • Removing non-friable asbestos-containing materials, other than ceilings.
  • Breaking, cutting, drilling, abrading, grinding, sanding or vibrating non-friable asbestos-containing materials.

Note: Containment is not required during ‘Type 1 Operations’ and the use of power tools are not allowed.

Type 2 Asbestos Abatement Operations Include

  • Small areas or amounts of friable asbestos-containing materials (i.e. pipe insulation, floor duct, paper wrap insulation, sheet flooring, etc.)
  • Removing all or part of a false-ceiling to obtain access to a work area, if asbestos-containing material is likely to be lying on the surface of the false ceiling.
  • Enclosing friable asbestos-containing material.
  • Breaking, cutting, drilling, abrading, grinding, sanding or vibrating non-friable asbestos-containing materials.

Note: Containment is required during ‘Type 2 Operations,’ as is the use of Negative Air HEPA Filtration and Personal Protective Equipment.

Type 3 Asbestos Abatement Operations Include

  • Repairing, altering or demolishing all or part of any building in which asbestos is or was used in the manufacture of products, unless the asbestos was cleaned up and removed before March 16, 1986.
  • Large areas or amounts of friable asbestos-containing material (greater than 1 square metre) including all of the above materials, and more...

Note: In addition to ‘Type 2 Requirements,’ containment with a portable shower is also required.

For those not familiar with the nature of asbestos and the health hazards caused by prolonged exposure, please read on...

Q: What is asbestos?
Asbestos are microscopic bundles of fibers found in certain minerals that form into long, silky strands. Commonly used as insulation, asbestos can also be found in fire-proofing and other building materials. Most often found in older homes, it’s still used today in some products.

Q: What are the risks of asbestos exposure? If materials containing asbestos becomes damaged, asbestos fibers may become airborne and inhaled into the lungs, resulting in severe health problems, especially among children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems.

Q: What health problems are associated with asbestos exposure?
The most common health problems resulting from exposure to asbestos are:

Asbestosis – a scarring of the lung tissue caused by acids produced by the body in an attempt to dissolve asbestos fibers that cause the lungs to fail. It can take up to 10-20 years before developing.

Mesothelioma – a form of cancer that attacks the thin membranes of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart: Caused by exposure to asbestos, it may take years to develop. Because of the latency period, special care should be taken to prevent children from asbestos exposure.

Lung Cancer – the most common cause of death resulting from exposure to asbestos. Smokers run a higher risk, as cigarettes can cause other forms of cancer which can increase the risk of lung cancer in those already exposed to asbestos.

Q: Can I detect asbestos on my own?
The only way to visually confirm the presence of asbestos is if materials that contain it are labeled as such; otherwise, you can’t be sure. This is where asbestos abatement specialists add value.

Note: We use third party independent environmental consultants to avoid any conflict of interest.

*References available upon request

GreenStream Environmental Inc ~ specialists in commercial asbestos removal, residential asbestos removal and mould removal in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Ajax, Brampton, Durham, Etobicoke, Markham, Mississauga, Muskoka, North York, Oshawa, Peel Region, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Woodbridge ,Vaughan and York Region Ontario.

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