Asbestos is a carcinogenic, fibrous naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in a variety of industrial, residential and commercial applications. In Canadian construction, asbestos is no longer used and is regulated by Provincial and Federal governments. Asbestos-containing materials should be removed wherever possible if they are in a deteriorating or potentially hazardous condition, will require disturbance or cannot be managed in place using an asbestos management plan, If you have an older home, commercial or industrial facility, and suspect that you may have asbestos-related issues, it is important that you have a comprehensive asbestos assessment conducted. Now is the time for a zero-tolerance approach for asbestos.
Why do asbestos testing?
Asbestos fibers have been directly connected to cancers of the lung and other respiratory illnesses including mesothelioma. The lightweight fibers in asbestos are often small enough to be invisible to the naked eye and can enter the lungs when disturbed. Demolition, construction, renovation and even improper attempts to remove asbestos can release fibers into the air where they pose the greatest health risk. If uncertain whether a workplace, residence, commercial building or other infrastructure has asbestos-containing materials, asbestos testing and a building assessment should be conducted and a management plan should be implemented immediately.
Asbestos is a major threat to our health.
The tiny fibers can cause irreparable damage to the lungs and conditions directly related to prolonged exposure include: lung Cancer, Mesothelioma (cancer of the chest and abdominal lining) and irreversible scarring of the lungs (also known as asbestosis)
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Asbestos can be hard to identify, it is often mixed with other building materials and “Asbestos Containing Materials” need to be investigated by an experienced asbestos testing professional.
If you suspect you have asbestos within your residence or business