Alberta’s Top Asbestos Removal Company
Asbestos is a killer that has existed in our homes and buildings for more than 130 years. Even though its use in construction in Canada has been minimized since 1980, and asbestos mining stopped in 2011, asbestos in our homes and other buildings remains a huge threat to health.
Before structures can be dismantled and buildings demolished, it is essential to test for asbestos content. If asbestos is found, asbestos abatement processes as well as demolition and removal of materials, must be done in accordance with Alberta’s strict Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations.
Before any demolition or salvage work can begin it is vital to identify any materials that contain asbestos. That’s where our asbestos testing services come in. It is vital that asbestos hazards are identified in all buildings and structures. A professional sample analysis then needs to be done, and a risk assessment completed. Then we will remove the materials that contain asbestos.
That said, not all asbestos has to be removed. Sometimes materials that contain asbestos can be encapsulated by applying an approved sealant to the surface to stop (or at least minimize) the fibres being released. Another possible option is enclosure, which involves constructing some sort of acceptable (in terms of the legislation) barrier that will prevent the fibres getting into the air.
But often, asbestos must be removed. Whether you need encapsulation, enclosure, or asbestos removal, it is essential that qualified, licensed asbestos abatement/removal personnel are used for the job. Mr. Demolition Inc. only uses qualified contractors. Our personnel are not only trained to remove materials containing asbestos, they are also trained to use the correct procedures required to dispose of these hazardous materials.
Approved Asbestos Abatement Methods
Alberta’s Asbestos Abatement Manual explains the legal procedure for identifying asbestos in buildings and then details acceptable action. Whenever materials containing asbestos are identified, some type of corrective action must be taken. Encapsulation, enclosure, and removal are all regarded as corrective measures and they may be used on their own or in conjunction with one another.
Of course, it stands to reason that asbestos removal eliminates the material and is, therefore, a permanent solution.
The best short-term procedure for legal removal of asbestos involves collecting the materials and placing them in containers for disposal in the containers at an approved site. While it is relatively costly, complicated, and time-consuming, it is mandatory in Alberta before major renovations or demolition.
Removal of Asbestos Before Demolition
One of the biggest dangers when demolishing buildings that were constructed with materials containing asbestos is that the potentially lethal fibres and dust will be released into the air on site. Not only does this place those working on the site at risk, but because air moves, it is also a risk to nearby properties.
Ultimately, the greatest danger of asbestos is that the fibres and dust are inhaled into the lungs and, over time, cause deadly diseases including cancer. For this reason, any material that might release asbestos fibres during the demolition process must be removed prior to demolition.
The Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual specifies the processes required for pre-demolition removal of asbestos. The quantity and specific types of materials found will dictate procedures for asbestos abatement.
In some instances materials that contain asbestos may not have to be removed prior to demolition. However, an acceptance of the OHS Code will then be required from the Alberta Government. It might be acceptable to leave these materials in place if:
- The asbestos content is particularly small or non-friable
- Demolition is to be done by machine
- Water is going to be used to control dust
- The materials are particularly difficult to remove and will be more hazardous in the removal rather than the demolition process
- Alternative procedures can provide the same or better protection for those demolishing the building
We recommend this list that provides the following list of questions for selecting an asbestos removal contractor. We will always answer YES to each of these questions!
- Are you certified? (ask to see the certificate)
- Have you and your workers been trained?
- Do you have the proper liability insurance?
- Can you provide a WCB clearance?
- WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
- Will you provide a list of references of people for whom you have worked with asbestos?
- Will you provide a list of places where you have worked with asbestos?
- Will you use a HEPA negative pressurized containment during the abatement process?
- Will you use the “wet method” (water and detergent)?
- Will you use polyethylene plastic barriers to contain dust?
- Will you use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner?
- Will your workers wear approved respirators?
- Will you properly dispose of the asbestos and leave the site free of asbestos dust and debris?
- Will you use independent air analysis for final air clearance testing?
- Will the contractor provide a written contract specifying these procedures?
How Mr. Demolition Inc. Can Help You?
If you are planning a major renovation or demolition of any building, residential or commercial, you need to make sure it is done correctly, according to the law. Our highly qualified, licensed asbestos abatement/removal personnel do just this, and at an affordable price. You can’t afford to do it any other way.
Contact us now to discuss your needs and get a quotation for your project.