Hazardous Building Materials Management Services

Prior to any renovation of a building, an inventory of hazardous building materials must be evaluated by trained professionals so that construction workers are not exposed to the hazards that some materials can pose. SCS professionals have over 12 years of experience dealing with hazardous building materials including assessing, project planning, abatement monitoring and other concerns.

Our assessment will be conducted on a room-by-room basis. Detailed notes will be collected with each sample including a room identifier, type of material and sample location. Digital photographs will be taken of each sampling location and of representative hazardous building materials.

Assessment will be semi-destructive, which means that sampling will be performed in a manor to limit routine damage and disturbance to existing materials. However, some repairs may be necessary, particularly as related to the sampling of materials such as, but not limited to, drywall, ceiling tiles, flooring and other exterior/interior finishes. We always attempt to sample in a way to that will minimize any damages and in the most unobtrusive location as possible.

Buildings are Assessed for the Following Hazardous Materials:

  • Asbestos-containing materials (ACM)
  • Lead-based surface coatings/paints
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in fluorescent light fixtures
  • Mercury building components in thermostats and light fixture bulbs
  • Radioactive building components in smoke and/or heat detectors
  • Ozone-depleting substances in refrigeration equipment
  • Miscellaneous chemicals in storage
  • Biological contamination including fungal/mould affected building materials, animal droppings, etc.

Asbestos samples are collected and submitted under chain of custody in accordance with National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Method 9002 or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 600/R-93/116.

Surface coatings and/or paint samples are collected and submitted under chain of custody to an accredited laboratory for analysis of lead content using atomic absorption spectroscopy in accordance with the ASTM Method D3335-85 A.

Based on the findings of sampling and onsite assessment, SCS will assist you to develop and implement appropriate and cost-effective control measures, which include options to remove, encapsulate, enclose or manage in place.

For more information, please contact:

Ted Letourneau, B.Sc., EP
Group Lead, Industrial Hygiene Division
Phone: (780) 485-3585
Email: ted@safetycoordination.com