While asbestos use has been banned in Canada for almost two decades now, the risk of exposure is still present. Especially, when it comes to renovations in homes and industries. Asbestos Laboratories was started to provide the testing services that consultants and abatement companies need in order to complete their projects in an environment free of asbestos exposure. Businesses in need of testing for asbestos in Ottawa continue to benefit from our professional and accurate results.
What is Asbestos?
It is a naturally occurring mineral made up of thin fibrous crystals. These crystals are, in turn, composed of microscopic fibrils. Asbestos became a popular insulation material for commercial and industrial use as a result of its inflammable and heat resistant qualities.
There are two categories of asbestos, serpentine and amphibole. Serpentine includes chrysotile, which is popularly known as white asbestos. White asbestos consists of long, curled fibers, and is the most commonly used type. Amosite, tremolite, actinolite, anthophyllite, and crocidolite are the types of asbestos categorized as amphibole. Amphiboles are composed of brittle fibers and are more hazardous compared to chrysotile. The brittleness also makes them undesirable for commercial use.
Asbestos was used for the manufacturing of building materials such as floor and ceiling tiles, electrical insulation, asbestos cement, spray-on fireproofing, and wall panels. Upon discovery of the adverse effects it had on people who were exposed to its fibers, its use was eventually prohibited in Canada.
How to Recognize Asbestos
Asbestos is an odorless, tasteless mineral that cannot be identified by sight. It can only be recognized through sample testing by an accredited laboratory. While you cannot determine which buildings or products around you contain asbestos, you can easily tell which ones are most likely to contain the compound.
In Canada, asbestos was widely used in the building industry before 1990. In 1999, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act came into effect. This Act prohibited the use, production, sale, and import of asbestos and any products containing asbestos. Therefore, if your property was built before the ban came into effect, there's a high probability that most of its construction materials contain asbestos.
Testing asbestos in Ottawa, Toronto, and other parts of Canada is necessary when carrying out renovations and remodeling for buildings. By providing sample testing services at Asbestos Laboratories, we help businesses to take the necessary precautionary measures in cases where asbestos is proved present.
What are the Dangers of Exposure to Asbestos?
People are exposed to asbestos when its constituent fibers are released into the atmosphere. Research has shown that when inhaled, the fibers get stuck in lung and abdominal tissue. Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by inhalation of the fibers. It causes scarring to the lungs, making breathing difficult. Pleural Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen and lungs. It’s also caused by inhalation and ingestion of asbestos.
Whenever your business needs a Designated Substance Survey report for a project, you should seek services from a certified testing facility. At Asbestos Laboratories, we are a NIOSH 700 Accredited Lab. We test for asbestos in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today on 416.635.5025 for inquiries on how you can have your samples tested in our labs. Asbestos Ottawa