Designated Substance Survey (DSS) Reports

Designated Substance Survey (DSS) Reports are key in the demolition process

What is a DSS Report?

A DSS (Designated Substance Survey) Report identifies asbestos, mould, lead and other toxic substances which may be present at your worksite. It also lists steps to take to protect workers and others from exposure to these dangerous materials. DSS Reports can help you and workers avoid health and safety issues arising during on-going work.

A DSS Report from Asbestos Laboratories can help restart a demolition, construction or remodelling project—which has recently been shut down by an inspector—because it is official documentation of your due diligence in addressing potential risks.

What we look for

If you suspect that dangerous materials or chemicals may be present at the work site, call Asbestos Laboratories to prepare a DSS Report so that you know the potential hazards. Whether the site is residential or commercial, we frequently find asbestos in older properties due to its common use in their construction.

A Designated Substance Survey (DSS) Report will not only identify these hazardous materials, but also tell you their condition – an important factor. Intact asbestos is usually not a great cause for concern, but damaged, flaking asbestos can be released into the air and must be removed or at least contained.

Below are examples of some of the hazardous materials we test for.  Our professional inspectors can advise you on the best course of action in dealing with them.

  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Benzene
  • PCBs
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Mercury Coke Oven Emissions
  • Silica
  • Arsenic
  • Isocyanates
  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Vinyl Chloride

What can a DSS Report do for you?

Your DSS Report thoroughly covers the hazardous substances or materials on the property, the location of each, and their condition. Using this information, you can deal with the hazard and inform workers and contractors so that they can take proper action to keep everyone safe and healthy.

You can proceed with your job without worry, knowing that you have complied with all applicable laws and regulations. You won’t be concerned about having your job shut down because you’ve got the workplace health and safety aspects covered.

If you need DSS Reports in Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal, please call 416.688.2757 or complete our online request form.

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Victims of asbestos exposure often end up with lung cancer or other harmful lung problems. We donate a portion of our proceeds to Lung Cancer Canada for research towards finding a cure and to support educational programs on healthy breathing.