The difference between moderate risk and high risk asbestos removal is determined by WorkSafe BC regulations, and depends on the materials that are being tested. High risk requires full containment with a set of decontamination rooms including a shower. Moderate risk is a partial containment with a wash station and no shower or decontamination rooms.
V.I. Abatement does not itself test asbestos, the samples can be taken from the site by V.I. Abatement or an environmental company and are tested at an off site testing facility which confirms whether there is asbestos present in the materials.
Prep is job specific, but usually the space needs to be emptied of furniture. The customer will also need an environmental company to come in and test the area, except in the case of white ducting tape (automatically assumed to be containing asbestos) and vermiculite.
Yes, we are fully insured and fully certified. Our project managers have AHERA Asbestos Worker Trainer certification, AHERA Building Inspector certification, Water Restoration Technician certification and Applied Microbial Remediation certificates.
It is not recommended to be in the building while asbestos is being removed, purely because of the possible inconvenience the containment would pose to your daily life. Again this is job specific and depends on what area of the home is being worked on.
Vermiculite is a mica-like material that was used as insulation in many houses and commercial buildings between 1920's and the early 1990's. When heated, it expands (similar to popcorn) into a loose, lightweight material that is absorbent, fireproof, and a good insulator. Much of this vermiculite contained some asbestos from when it was originally mined.
If you house is more than 15 years old and insulated with vermiculite, the insulation could contain asbestos.
If vermiculite containing even a trace of asbestos is disturbed (for example, during a renovation or demolition), the number of asbestos fibres in the air of a residence can rise to more than 100 times the limit set by WorkSafe BC. Many unprotected construction workers in BC have been exposed to high levels of airborne asbestos fibres during an improper renovation or demolition.
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