In which context will you need to proceed with asbestos testing?

Asbestos is a natural mineral that insulates well against heat and electricity. From the 1800’s until the 1980’s, asbestos was used in office buildings, public buildings, and schools as insulation for hot water heating systems, and was put into walls and ceilings as insulation against fire and sound. When it became evident that regular exposure to asbestos on the job involved health risks, the public became more concerned about exposure to asbestos in offices and schools, and, eventually, about all asbestos products. Nowadays, the selling of asbestos containing materials is regulated by the Hazardous Products Act of the Government of Canada. It is the building’s or business’ owner to do asbestos testing before any renovation/demolition work on the building.

There exists two (2) different asbestos testing:

  • “Vrac tests”: samples of all suspected asbestos containing materials of a building and analysis.
  • “Air tests”: necessary during asbestos removal work. Air tests on a daily basis is required for each quarter of work period. The objective is to unsure that the concentration of asbestos fiber in the ambient air do not exceed the CNESST limits required on high-risks work.

A report giving the tests results will be presented within seven (7) to ten (10) working days from the date of the Site visit for a “vrac test”. The daily air tests results will be presented within 24h.