The Toronto District Schoolboard (TDSB) is getting some flack after published reports indicate they were aware of the presence of asbestos in one of their properties and withheld that information from one of the tenants.
At issue is the presence of chrysotile asbestos in vinyl floor tiles in an office leased by the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto. The CPAT has been a long term tenant at the office, but only recently removed the carpeting in order to accommodate the needs of a disabled woman for her work placement.
The old carpeting was stripped and the tiles revealed, some of them clearly deteriorated. An ‘anonymous source’ apparently sent her a 2008 lab report that revealed the tiles had already been tested and were known to contain asbestos.
The office is working home to three staff and six work placement interns, and all of them evacuated the office in early December and are now working from home. Crews are expected over the holidays to come in and inspect the premises to make sure the tiles are contained but it leaves a thorny issue and disputes now over who is responsible, since the TDSB claims the tenant did not seek approval for ripping up the carpet and that the situation was well under control before that.
Just like the case of the vinyl tiles, many of the residential uses of asbestos actually involve asbestos in a mixture and is considered safe as long as that mixture is intact. The danger comes when it deteriorates and crumbles and becomes airborne – or friable.
- Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive.
- You should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration.
- It will be crucial information when you do any renovations.
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