Asbestos was commonly used in buildings during the 20th century before becoming restricted and phased out due to the many serious health concerns associated with its inhalation. If you live or work in a building with materials dating back to the 1990s or earlier, you likely have asbestos in your property. At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we offer bulk asbestos testing of suspect materials in Winnipeg and across Manitoba and can help you identify asbestos material that may pose a danger to anyone breathing the air. It can be difficult to identify asbestos, and the material is generally considered safe if it’s securely enclosed and in good condition. In such cases, it should be left alone. If you are considering renovations or construction, however, it’s important to speak with an asbestos professional prior to starting the work.
Until you get your property tested for asbestos, you have no way of knowing whether or not you're exposing yourself, your family, or your employees to the dangers of asbestos. Testing becomes especially important when you occupy older buildings that have never been tested for the material. Those considering renovations or changes to their property of any sort should consider the fact that they might disturb asbestos-containing material and involuntary release asbestos fibres in the air. Lastly, the province strictly regulates the testing, removal and disposal of asbestos. Failure to comply with the mandates relating to considerations such as employee safety can also cause legal issues.
Asbestos testing is a risky procedure that must only be carried out by experienced professionals like us at Breathe Easy Eco Solutions. We have years of experience performing asbestos testing for commercial and residential properties in Winnipeg and adhere to all the required guidelines while providing you with our services.
If you'd like to learn more about how important it is to test for asbestos in your commercial or residential property, please get in touch with our team.
Asbestos is a highly toxic material, exposure to which can lead to numerous health problems. Different kinds of exposure can cause varying degrees of issues. The different levels of risk when dealing with asbestos in your commercial space or home are:
Low risk: The risk level is low when the testing and handling of the non-crumbling ACMs is carried out as per the recommended health and safety requirements.
Moderate risk: When handling friable ACMs for less than 3 hours, some fibres will be released into the air, leading to moderate risk.
High risk: Handling friable ACMs where the release of asbestos fibres is expected causes high risk.
When it comes to properties that are suspected of having asbestos, property owners, employers or contractors have certain crucial responsibilities. Before undertaking any action for the elimination of asbestos from the property, these individuals are mandated to make sure that:
An inspection of the workplace is carried out.
A detailed inventory is prepared.
Competent professionals are selected to collect representative bulk samples and test them in a laboratory.
Workplace Safety and Health is intimated at least five days before the asbestos management and abatement work.
Workers have the required training regarding safe work procedures.
There is an asbestos control plan in place in the event of asbestos fibres being released.
As seasoned asbestos testing professionals in Winnipeg, we can help your workplace comply with the province's regulations to make it safer. If you have any questions, please send them to us, and we will get back to you shortly.
The province expects proper asbestos management from two types of properties:
Those where ACMs stay in place: In these scenarios, an asbestos inventory and an asbestos control plan will prevent a fibre release and protect occupants.
Those where workers handle ACMs: An example of these properties is a building undergoing an asbestos elimination.
Asbestos management involves:
Preparing an asbestos inventory
Creating an asbestos control plan
Creating safe practices to follow when working with asbestos
A management-level asbestos inventory is required at all premises which are suspected of having the presence of ACMs, including workplaces, workplace locations, buildings or structures constructed prior to 1990. A management-level asbestos inventory is generally performed in already occupied and inhabited buildings and is limited to discrete sampling within permissible or accessible areas. Our team will undertake specialized sampling procedures to ensure minimal material disturbance on contact with any unauthorized personnel during the inventory process.
We undertake an asbestos inventory for the following purposes;
On-site inspections identifying materials that may contain asbestos
Bulk sampling of asbestos-suspect items at the worksite
Safely collect and submit samples to an accredited lab for asbestos identification
Submit an accredited report highlighting our findings, interpretation of the laboratory results, followed by recommendations for the best way for asbestos removal or encapsulation in accordance with Provincial or Federal regulation of Canada
Generally, an inventory might involve:
An examination of your property's history, construction and past renovations
A thorough walkthrough examination of your property's exteriors and interiors to detect possible sources of asbestos
Going over architectural plans
Making a note of suspected asbestos-containing structures that are not accessible
Most importantly, sampling and testing for asbestos
Collecting possible ACMs as samples is one of the most critical aspects of asbestos inspection. As a part of the asbestos sample collection process, we adhere to certain guidelines, such as:
Not collecting samples in the presence of the building's occupants
Wearing the required protective gear
Spraying the suspected area with water to prevent the release of fibres while collecting samples
Collecting a sample from each layer of the suspected area
Prolonged exposure to asbestos can result in asbestosis (scarring of the lungs with breathing difficulties), mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity), and other specific types of lung cancer. Asbestos fibres, unlike other particles, cannot be easily exhaled as once inhaled, they have little hooks that let them stay in your respiratory system. There are around 5 to 20 cases per year in Manitoba. The occurrence of cases has drastically gone down since the safety measures have been implemented.
The most common method of detecting asbestos insulation is through asbestos testing. For many years, companies have been using asbestos in hot water pipe insulation, roofing, flooring, and siding shingles, walls, attics and more. It is very important to use proper technology and the correct equipment to detect the presence of asbestos materials.
Here are the steps Breathe Easy Eco Solutions takes while detecting asbestos:
Determining the age of the house.
Visually assess the suspect material.
Taking a sample for testing.
Analyzing the sample & report the results.
At Breathe Easy Eco Solutions, we use the latest technology and top-quality equipment for asbestos testing. We have trained and certified staff that can safely collect materials for asbestos testing. You can call our experts today to detect and test for the presence of asbestos in your home.
Asbestos-containing materials have been used extensively in buildings, homes and building materials before 1990. Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health Regulation have requirements for asbestos management that must be followed diligently. According to Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health says that if asbestos material is present in a property, it must be identified and inspected by a qualified expert. Workers must undertake all safety precautions before disturbing the material and ensure that proper disposal or removal procedures take place.
Most homeowners are unaware of the presence of asbestos in their property and once they realize it’s there, they don’t know how to get rid of it. So we have answered some asbestos-related questions to give you a better picture:
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We offer government-approved asbestos removal procedures and guidance.
* It’s free for us to come to your house to asses the mould or asbestos but if you want testing (mould testing or more often asbestos test) where we take samples and send it to a lab, there is a fee. Customers can also drop off samples at our office.