Prolonged asbestos exposure (particularly in high concentrations) can seriously impact your health. It is a carcinogenic (cancer causing) substance which has been linked to several debilitating illnesses including Mesothelioma, Asbestosis and lung cancer.
Prior to this discovery the superior insulation and fire retardant properties prompted the use of asbestos in a number of construction and building products like air ducts, roofing, tiles, paint and garden products. Bans against using the substance were only instituted in the 1980s hence traces may still be found in older buildings today.
Tips On Dealing With Or Avoiding Asbestos Exposure:
- Get your home or commercial building tested if it was built before the 1980s and especially if you are planning renovations. Health Canada cautions residential and commercial property owners against any disturbance of products containing asbestos (like vermiculite) during maintenance, renovation or demolition because it is a serious health risk.
- Understand which areas are most likely to be contaminated e.g. attic, garage, popcorn ceilings, etc. but remember asbestos need not be limited to these places.
- Avoid handling cracked, broken or otherwise disturbed construction materials.
- Do not try to perform any asbestos removal on your own. Direct exposure could put you at risk.
- If you work in an industry where asbestos is still a threat, do not handle any asbestos materials without appropriate protective gear. If your job does place you in danger of asbestos exposure, complete any required asbestos licensure training before actively handling the materials.
- If you know that specific items in your home (such as Zonolite insulation) contain asbestos, contact a professional asbestos abatement company to discuss safe removal or remedial methods.
The amount of asbestos in a product does not indicate its health risk; the condition of the materials does. Only an asbestos inspection can determine whether or not you have a problem that needs remedial measures.
Ask Templar Environmental Services/Asbestos Analysis & Removal Services to inspect your residential or commercial building. Our certified asbestos inspectors perform detailed and meticulous testing to give you a definite answer. Plus we confirm findings through an independent laboratory analysis to ensure accuracy. We will tell you if you have a problem so that you can immediately take steps to avoid asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Exposure: Certified Testing and Removal Services You Can Trust
Templar’s certified asbestos inspectors and removal technicians have helped hundreds of GTA residential and commercial property owners eliminate the risks of asbestos exposure. Our experts will identify problem areas and the correct solution for dealing with this carcinogenic substance.
How Templar Will Help You Avoid/Limit Asbestos Exposure:
- Wewillsend qualified inspectors to perform a detailed asbestos inspection.
- A variety of proven asbestos testing methods including indoor air sampling and analysis, and materials sampling helps us get the most accurate results.
- Although not easy to identify, we have the experience and resources to identify them and confirm them through independent laboratory analysis.
- Our experts will suggest the right way to minimize or eliminate asbestos exposure and its related health risks. Removal is not always your best option (especially if the asbestos is not a source of airborne fibres). In some cases sealing the products works better.
Whatever the extent of your problem, you can rely on Templar Environmental Services to help you avoid asbestos exposure and the consequent health risks.