Hazardous Material Survey

WorkSafeBC mandates that structures built prior to 1990 undergo a thorough investigation for hazardous materials. This investigation involves preparing a detailed report that identifies and assesses the presence and condition of hazardous materials within the building. During the investigation, materials such as asbestos and lead are specifically tested for. Additionally, visual identification is conducted to determine the presence of:

The initiation of Hazmat surveys involves a comprehensive walkthrough inspection, wherein samples are gathered from building materials that raise concerns. Materials that may contain asbestos or lead, are sent to an accredited third-party laboratory for analysis and confirmation. The primary goal of these surveys is to detect any materials that have the capacity to endanger the well-being of individuals engaged in removal activities or those who reside in the building.

WorksafeBC requires all structures built prior to 1990 to undergo a hazardous material investigation and report of findings.

Typically, there are three types of hazardous (building) material surveys.

1) Limited Survey

For repairs and renovations in isolated areas of a home or building. A limited hazardous materials survey is also recommended to understand the extent and cost of any required remediation.

2) Demolition Survey

For building demolition purposes, a destructive investigation must be undertaken to identify and remove all hazardous materials prior to the demolition process. This is a critical step that should never be overlooked.

3) Management Plan

Serves as a crucial tool to ensure the safe management of asbestos and lead within a building or facility. We offer customized asbestos management plans to building owners, project managers, and employers, which considers the regulatory requirements as well as their operational needs and safety concerns.

Our inspections are conducted in compliance with WorkSafeBC regulations, and we are qualified to perform comprehensive Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) building surveys for both renovation and demolition projects.

Asbestos can be found in various areas of a home or building, especially if it was constructed or renovated before the 1990s when asbestos-containing materials were commonly used.
It is important to note that the presence of asbestos and lead cannot be confirmed visually. A professional assessment and testing by qualified experts is required to accurately determine the presence of asbestos and/or lead-containing materials in your home or building. Here are some common areas where asbestos may be present:

Van Isle Hazmat is a trusted provider that can assist you in meeting your project’s regulatory requirements by conducting a hazardous material survey tailored to your specific needs and requirements. We have the expertise to identify and assess hazardous materials, including testing for asbestos and lead, in accordance with applicable regulations. We can ensure that your project is in compliance with safety standards and properly addresses any potential risks associated with hazardous materials.