The recent discovery of asbestos in the Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre in Guelph led to the evacuation of children and employees.
A staff member of the daycare discovered insulation at the bottom of the doorframe and subsequent testing proved the existence of asbestos in the vermiculite type insulation. Alternative accommodations have been found and the local medical officer of health has ordered air quality testing to be sure of the risks.
What is Vermiculite?
Vermiculite is a natural mineral that expands when it’s heated, is lightweight and fire resistant. Those properties have led to its widespread use for a variety of construction, mechanical and industrial applications for over a century, including loose fill insulation that’s often found in attics. By itself, it does not present a health hazard, however, most of the vermiculite used for insulation in North America between 1919 and 1990 came from a mine in Montana that also contained asbestos deposits which contaminated the vermiculite.
Vermiculite insulation is lightweight and looks something like small sized foam chips that are grey or brownish in colour.
If you suspect vermiculite insulation in your home please DO NOT DISTURB OR HANDLE IT. The danger from asbestos comes from inhaling the fibres. Do anything you can do to contain or avoid it until you can call in the experts from GreenStream Environmental Services to help minimize the impact.
If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, and before any renovation projects, let GreenStream Environmental Inc. be your choice for asbestos and mould remediation in the Toronto area – contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca – Toronto’s asbestos removal specialists – at (416) 818-9414.
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