Asbestos Removal On The Sly

Normally, a company that is responsibly dealing with asbestos removal issues would be something to applaud. But, when the existence of that asbestos has been shrouded in secrecy, you can see where problems come into the picture.

Asbestos removal kept quiet
Just last month, the news broke about yet another situation developing from the fallout from the former GE plant in Peterborough, Ontario. For about 125 years, the site handled a variety of toxic substances, including more than 3,000 toxic chemicals that were in use at the plant between 1945 and 2000. One of them was asbestos.

Recently, a Toronto Star/CBC report exposed the fact that, at one time, the company sold excess asbestos to its workers, to use in insulating their homes. The program was not made public for years, but it turns out that GE had been paying for asbestos removal in many cases that came forward for over 15 years.

  • The company said it had performed 54 asbestos inspections, and 24 asbestos removals since 2003.

The plan, however, has been criticized for its secrecy. Despite company claims that they had made public statements about the program, the media investigation found no record of any public outreach. In fact, as late as 2004, GE denied that the practice of selling its excess asbestos to workers had ever been in place.

The risk
In a news story, some homeowners said they had opted to leave the asbestos in place, even after testing confirmed its presence. What’s the risk?

  • Asbestos is considered safe as long as it is intact and undisturbed;
  • If any renovations are planned, there is a risk of creating dangerous and inhalable asbestos dust;
  • The materials that asbestos was often mixed with deteriorate over time, even if the asbestos fibres per se do not, which eventually causes a crumbling material, and exposed asbestos dust.

Reports indicate there has been a significant uptick in requests for asbestos testing and asbestos removal since the story first broke.

Asbestos in your home?
If you have asbestos anywhere in your home, let us help with the next step: asbestos removal. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

BC Company Nets $18K Fine For Asbestos Violations

With Toronto and the GTA’s old stock of housing, you’d think there would be more stories about asbestos violations in our area in Southern Ontario. But, there’s yet another story of asbestos mishandling from BC making the media rounds.

Asbestos violations
Specifically, the list of charges included:

  • One company was charged with two counts of failing to ensure that employees used personal protective gear while performing asbestos abatement, and fined $5,000 and $2,500 respectively;
  • Two companies were charged with performing an incomplete asbestos removal.

One environmental company operating out of Surrey, British Columbia received fines totaling $17,787. According to WorkSafeBC, the company had filed a letter indicating that asbestos removal was complete, but when the agency inspected the site, the inspector found drywall debris that contained asbestos.

The WorkSafeBC website indicates, “The firm failed to ensure that identified hazardous materials were safely contained or removed, a repeated violation.”

Another company received a $2,500 fine for the same offense.

The real problem
WorkSafeBC indicated in their online documentation that all three companies fined were repeat violators, with two of the violations were considered high-risk. Those elements increase the size of the fine.

With GS, you can be sure of the highest levels of professionalism. We know that care – and the proper procedures – have to be followed at every step to ensure that asbestos removal work is done safely, with any debris contained and disposed of properly. Certainly – the first rule of the job is, get the job done!

  • A company that doesn’t care about its employees, also doesn’t care about its clients;
  • Asbestos can be a deadly risk, and it’s nothing to toy with.

We Can Help
Let us help. If you have asbestos anywhere in your home, let us help with the next step: asbestos removal. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

When Your Dream Home Is Infested With Toxic Mould

A family of four moved from a small town in the Niagara Peninsula west of the GTA to what they thought was their dream home in cottage country about a year ago. When the two small girls in the family became ill not long after moving in, the culprit was found, to their parents horror – a widespread infestation of black toxic mould.

Black Mould
You might be assuming that the property in question was an old house with old problems – leaky windows or basement. You’d be wrong. The couple was told their home was built in 2016, but stood unoccupied until it was purchased in 2018.

  • Within one week of moving in, the children age one and three developed a fever;
  • The oldest daughter was hospitalized with strep throat.

Despite taking medications, their health problems did not go away. About a month later, the couple began to renovate, and that’s when they discovered mould literally everywhere – underneath every floor, carpet, behind baseboards, underneath coats of paint.

What’s more, when the mould was tested, it was discovered to contain high levels of stachybotrys, or toxic black mould, a known health hazard.

What happened?
The couple moved out, and have been looking for answers ever since, aided by a recent news story.

  • It turns out construction began in 2006 – a decade before they had been told it had.
  • The foundation had been built and then left to the elements for several years.
  • Then, a pre-fab modular home was added on top of the foundation, but it too sat unfinished for years.

It was, in fact, a recipe for a mould infestation.

Mould is no joke
Mould spores can grow wherever moisture lingers for a mere 48 hours. An unfinished home left open to the weather will undoubtedly accumulate moisture in some areas unless it is properly sealed off. In older homes, leaky windows, plumbing, and roofs, or a damp basement is all you need for mould to begin to take hold.

Mould can cause a host of health issues, and small children and the elderly are particularly at risk.

  • Chronic coughing, wheezing;
  • Nose, eye, and throat irritation;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Worsened allergies;
  • Fever and other flu-like symptoms.

We Can Help
Our mould removal experts have years of experience, and will ensure that your environmental issue is eliminated efficiently. Mould can grow into walls, floors, and even carpets. If you smell that telltale musty odour, give us a call.

Let our technicians help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call GreenStream Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Toronto School Fire Raises Asbestos Concerns

A recent six-alarm blaze in a school shocked Toronto and made headlines across the GTA recently, and it looks like the damage may not be over – with asbestos now a potential risk.

Fire at York Memorial C.I.
Like many schools in the Toronto District and other area school boards, York Memorial C.I. was an old building – about 90 years old to be exact. Given the fact it was built, and spent the first several decades of its existence, during a period when asbestos was considerd a miracle construction material, it’s no surprise that it did contain the dangerous mineral.

Fire crews had already visited the building once on the evening of May 7 to tackle a three-alarm fire, only to be called back a few hours later when the blaze returned with a vengeance. About 150 firefighters were involved at the fire’s peak, with heavy black smoke engulfing the neighbourhood along Eglinton between Tretheway and Bicknell in the city’s west end. Many people were evacuated until the fire was brought under control.

While the asbestos and any asbestos containing materials are intact, they are considered safe. However, the huge fire that damaged large portions of the building has disturbed asbestos, which complicates the clean up and rehabilitation process. Asbetsos is fire resistant, however the fire would have destroyed any other materials or structures around it, creating asbestos dust which can be breathed into the lungs.

After a fire in a public building like a school, officials look at whether the structure should be repaired or razed and built again. So far, Toronto fire department officials are optimistic that much of the building can be saved, and are trying to determine the cause.

Ontario Fire Marshal investigator Bryan Fischer commented to CTV reporters.

“The building was built in the 1920s. Asbestos was used in all sorts of building materials. Now it’s been disturbed. It’s in a dust form and it becomes friable and it’s a huge risk to anyone working inside.” He said the rest of the neighbourhood does not have to worry about contamination spreading, however. “Nothing was blown into the atmosphere,” he said.

Old, Intact, Safe – or Not?
It’s true that older homes and buildings containing asbestos are considered safe for habitation as long as the materials in question are intact and undisturbed. However, fires are not the only way that damage – and friable asbestos – may be produced.

  • Renovations that cut into the walls;
  • Renovating popcorn ceilings;
  • Changing old pipe or attic insulation;
  • Installing home security or home theatre systems;
  • Damage from flooding.

The only way to be truly safe is to have the asbestos removed.

Safe, not sorry
If you have asbestos anywhere in your home, let us help with the next step: asbestos removal. Our experienced and certified asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Mouldy Toronto Home Sells For $650K

Mouldy home? No problem – at least, not for some buyers in Toronto’s crazed real estate market. A home in Scarborough, in the east end of the city, just sold for $650,000, a full $100,100 over the asking price, despite the fact that it was literally riddled with mould.

A Buyer’s Nightmare – Or Not?
Ten years ago, the story would be the stuff of a Hollywood comedy – or maybe even a horror movie – about a hapless but photogenic couple who buy a mouldy home and have to live with the consequences.

In real life, the buyers of the Scarborough property – which we’ll note is a bungalow – couldn’t even access the main floor or basement of the home. The ceiling had caved in, and the basement was a dreadful mess. We don’t know their plans, but wouldn’t be surprised if a bulldozer will be playing a major role.

The listing notes that the property needs “extensive renovations inside and out.” That’s putting it mildly. Still, it found a buyer in the GTA’s over heated market.

Mould And Neglect
We don’t know the scoop on what could have happened here, but it sounds like a case of long term neglect for whatever reason. Lack of maintenance can lead to mould infestation in many ways.

  • Mould can grow within 24 to 48 hours wherever moisture lingers.
  • A leak in plumbing, especially within a wall where it is not immediately observed, can rsults in ongoing moisture.
  • Leaks in the basement, even if the room has been dried out, can cause mould to grow in carpets and other fabrics.
  • Leaky windows and doors, or a leaky roof – all of these can result in moisture build-up that does not dry out.

Mould Is No Joke
Once mould has infected your home, the spores can reach your HVAC system, and from there, spread throughout your home. It can cause a variety of symptoms and health issues.

  • Persistent nose, throat, and eye irritation;
  • Existing asthma worsens;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Persistent coughing;
  • Even difficulty breathing.

Don’t Take Chances
If you smell the telltale musty odour of mould in your home, let us help. Our experienced and certified mould removal technicians can help keep you and your family safe. In the Toronto area call Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos Removal Company Ordered To Stop Operations after $1 Million in Penalties

When it comes to asbestos removal violations, how many is too much? WorkSafeBC has just answered that questions when it comes to a repeat offender operating in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Repeated Violations
BCS Contracting Ltd. is listed as an asbestos abatement company. They’re based in Surrey, but work largely in Burnaby. Since 2011, they’ve racked up a whopping $1,118,000 in penalties (a total of 16) for improper asbestos removal procedures, along with five stop-work orders. It has been issued five fines since 2013 alone.

The most recent penalty was issued in March 2017, when the company was fined $628,034.57 related to work at two houses. Violations include:

Earlier this year, the court issued an order that the company stop any and all work that could possibly involve asbestos or ACM, until the company met a list of conditions. These included:

  • Informing workers about the risks and training them in safe asbestos handling practices;
  • Providing adequate supervision of workers handling asbestos;
  • Providing a written plan that details the steps the company will take to bring its practices into line with regulations.

Many advocates say the case is an example of why licensing should be mandatory for asbestos removal contractors and others who handle hazardous materials.

Safety And Asbestos
We’re just as frustrated with companies who violate the law – and good sense – as anyone else. When asbestos removal companies try to cut corners with inadequately trained and prepared workers, they endanger not only their employees, but the building owners, and anyone in the vicinity. Improperly contained asbestos or ACM can spread throughout a home and even a neighbourhood on the wind.

If you believe your home contains asbestos, we can help. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal experts and asbestos remediation experts at Green Stream Environmental to take care of your asbestos issues. In the Toronto area contact Environmental at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Firefighters Get New App To Track Asbestos Exposure

University of Toronto innovation is helping firefighters track the effects when it comes to exposure to asbestos and other hazardous substances.

Statistics show that firefighters do suffer from an increased risk of mesothelioma – twice as high in some studies. Mesothelioma is the result of exposure to asbestos fibres. Because of their virtually indestructible nature, they do not deteriorate but instead disrupt the tissue itself and decades later, develop into cancerous mesothelioma.

Asbestos & Firefighters
Asbestos was once widely used in both public and private buildings. Mixed with various other components such as vinyl, linoleum or concrete, it was used from floor to ceiling. Such asbestos containing materials (ACM) are considered safe as long as they are intact, however once they deteriorate – as they often do under the extreme heat conditions of a fire – they can release asbestos fibres into the air. It’s a very real hazard for firefighters as the statistics attest to.

A new app called Xposure, developed by a group of recent graduates from U of T Engineering. The project began when the group were undergrads and serves to help firefighters track their exposure to hazardous substances like asbestos. Previously, firefighters filled out an annual questionnaire and it is hoped that instantaneous reporting via mobile phone app will provide much better statistics to draw from and aid them if it comes time to claim compensation. It uses an intuitive questionnaire format to provide information that can also serve to help them in the future, creating a data base that can be analyzed and used to take proactive measures.

The app is currently being used by about 50 members of the Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association, with plans to expand.

Asbestos in Your Home
If you are unfortunate enough to have a fire in your home, it’s likely the firefighters who will be exposed to asbestos fibres. However, there are many other ways that you as a home or property owner can be exposed to asbestos.

  • Renovations that involve removing walls;
  • Installing a home theatre system;
  • Installing a home alarm system;
  • Replacing roof tiles;
  • Replacing old flooring;
  • Working popcorn ceilings or removing textured paints.

It’s No Joke
Asbestos is a known health hazard. If you have asbestos in your home, the only way to proceed is with safety in mind. You can trust the experienced asbestos removal and asbestos remediation experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Deaths from Asbestos Related Mesothelioma Continue to Rise

Decades after it was largely removed from use in everyday objects, asbestos continues to haunt both the industrialized and developing worlds. Statistics Canada recently released figures that show the health effects, including the number of cases and deaths from mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused only by asbestos exposure, continue to be on the rise. Some of the figures;

  • In 1992, there were 276 new cases;
  • In 2012, there were 560 new cases.
  • In 2000, there were 292 deaths;
  • In 2012, there were 467 deaths.

The spike is clear and alarming – and the trend seems set to continue without an end in sight. The figures also only take mesothelioma into account; there are other lung cancers and diseases caused by exposure to asbestos that likely swell the numbers to double at least, according to experts.

There have been calls on the new federal government to enact a full ban on asbestos in this country and to support the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance under the UN’s Rotterdam Convention.

What Does It Mean For You?
If your home was built before the 1980’s, it almost certainly contains asbestos in one form or another. Fire retardant and nearly indestructible, asbestos was once considered a “miracle” material and used widely in both residential and industrial construction – literally from floor to ceiling.

The federal government may be waffling but you can make a definitive move to protect your health, that of your family and even your pets by “banning” or removing asbestos where it may occur in your home.

Our experienced and certified asbestos removal technicians are available to help you with your asbestos issues and answer any questions you may have. You’ll have peace of mind knowing the job is in safe and experienced hands.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Asbestos & More Keeps New PM out of 24 Sussex

With the election of a new Prime Minister comes a quandary… what to do about the official PM’s residence at 22 Sussex Drive in Ottawa? The Victorian mansion, according to reports, suffers from decades of neglect. Lack of maintenance is a recipe for a variety of ills, including asbestos.

Among the many issues that need renovation:

  • plumbing,
  • windows that don’t close properly,
  • a 50 year-old knob-and-tube electrical system,
  • outdated HVAC,
  • in short, all of the building’s major systems.

Those facts come from a 2008 report by the auditor general that concluded about $10 million in repairs were required. The former PM chose to stay in the residence and not allow the renovations to proceed.

Many former residents of 22 Sussex, including Margaret Trudeau and Maureen McTeer, who has gone so far as to call for its destruction. “That’s why an old, crumbling building with asbestos, which we know is poison, really is so lacking of vision, if you will, and [does not reflect] who we are as Canadians,” she explained in a media interview.

As it is, Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau and his family will have to find other digs while the official residence, originally built in the 19th century, is renovated. Since the work are anticipated to take 12 to 15 months (and that’s fairly optimistic!) the officials in charge of the official residence are taking advantage of the change of government to get it done now.

A Green Makeover?
Some are calling for a “green” makeover of the historic building as a showcase for what new and environmentally responsible technology can do. The process is called “net-zero” heritage retrofit. Net-zero, as the term implies, means that over its lifetime, the buildiing will produce as much energy as it consumes. The end result would be ultra energy-efficient and also mould resistant, with the improved ventilation that comes along with it.

If the new PM is serious about making a statement on climate change, it doesn’t get any closer than home. The National Capital Commission, the agency responsible for the official residence, has not released any details on the planned renovations as yet.

Asbestos in Your Home?
Neglect is a recipe for a variety of ills when it comes to your home, including mould infestation. Once walls are opened, if your home was built before the mid-1980’s or so, you are likely to find asbestos in the walls.

We can help. If you have mould or asbestos your home, our experienced technicians can help you with your environmental issues. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.

Ontario Firm Under Investigation for Improper Asbestos Handling

Canada’s oldest furniture factory sadly closed some years ago, but it’s making the news today because of problems both old and new – including asbestos.

Kingston-area Gibbard Furniture was Canada’s oldest furniture factory, in business from the time it was built in 1835 until it was closed in 2009. The building languished for years until the property was recently purchased by a company with a view to converting and redeveloping it into condos and retail space. Their concept involved demolition of the interior to basically the walls and then a completely revamped and reconstructed interior.

Heritage Buildings
Virtually every building that was built before the mid-1980’s contains asbestos in one form or another – and this one beats that cutoff by about 150 years. The new owners hired a construction company to gut the building and that’s where the troubles started.

The Ontario Labour and Environment Ministries are now investigating the construction company over the way they removed materials from the building while they were gutting the interior. The Ministry received a tip that the potentially hazardous materials – including asbestos – were not handled or disposed of properly.

In a published report, a Ministry spokes person said, “The material was removed from the building and trucked to a quarry in Wilton, owned by the Dornekamp’s where it was disposed of. The main concern here is that material was not properly tarped when it was in transition to that quarry.”

When asbestos or asbestos containing materials are removed from any building, there are many safeguards and procedures that must be adhered to, including,

  • Worker protective equipment and gear;
  • Containment of the affected areas so that asbestos dust does not spread elsewhere during renovation/demolition;
  • Containment of the materials to be transported;
  • Containment of the materials during transport.

In other words, at all stages of the work, the potential for dissemination of deadly asbestos dust and fibres must be contained and confined as much as possible to avoid exposing anyone – other than the properly outfitted workers – to it. If it’s true, this is a very serious allegation indeed. If the materials were transported on a truck with no containment procedures in play, then there is a potential that anyone along the route was exposed to asbestos fibres.

In this case a stop work order was put into effect when the company was unable to provide documentation as to whether asbestos was on site or not.

You Can Trust GS
At GreenStream, we know that asbestos safety is no joke and nothing to be taken lightly. Carelessness affects not only the workers directly involved, but anyone in the vicinity who may be exposed to asbestos. You can be sure that our licensed and experienced asbestos removal and asbestos remediation technicians follow established procedures to keep you, your neighbours and our own workers safe.

In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

Featured in Mike Holmes’ magazine, HGTV’s Income Properties, W Network’s Love It Or List It and chosen by Homestars.com as “Best Toronto Asbestos Removal Company” based on customer ratings and reviews, GreenStream Environmental Services are fully-certified, trusted and insured professionals in the removal and disposal of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential asbestos, vermiculite and mould (hazardous and non-hazardous). Providing emergency service 24/7/365 for all of Toronto and the GTA (North York, Mississauga, Markham, Brampton, Scarborough, Ajax, Oshawa, and beyond) GreenStream has over 40 combined years of experience serving clients such as the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board and many more. For a free estimate in Toronto, the GTA and Southern Ontario, call today at 416-818-9414. You’ll be glad you did.