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Designated Substances

What Are Designated Substances?

Designated substances are unhealthy and dangerous chemical, metal and mineral compounds found in dwellings, commercial properties or other locations.  Health and safety authorities have identified them as hazardous to living beings, and designated them for removal.

What Should I Do About Them?

Depending on your situation, there are a few options for action:

  • Do nothing—in some cases, even though there may be one or more contaminants in a location, it’s best to leave the area undisturbed.
  • Have the suspected area tested—use our sampling guide to help you collect and deliver your samples, or call us for automatic sampling and one of our technicians will come to take and deliver the samples to the lab.
  • Contact an abatement consultant—if the contamination is significant and needs to be removed, we can help you find a suitable contractor.

Some of the Substances We Test

  • Asbestos
  • Moulds and other fungi
  • Lead and Lead Additives
  • Substances requiring special attention
    • Vermiculite
    • Mercury
    • Silica
    • Acrylonitrile
    • Arsenic
    • Benzene
    • Coke Oven Emissions
    • Ethylene Oxide
    • Isocyanates
    • Vinyl Chloride

Sample Transport Option How it works
Automatic Sampling Service Call us.  A licensed technician will drive to your job site or building and collect the sample(s)*. The sample is then brought to the lab and the results are either emailed or FAXed to you as soon as the tests are done.

If it’s more convenient, we’ll call you with the results; either way, it’s a great time-saving measure.

*Additional cost for tech and sample pickup.

Sample Pickup Similar to our automatic sampling service, except you collect the sample yourself and we pick it up*. This is perfect for consultants writing DSS reports.

*Contact us to discuss fees for distances within, and greater than, 30km from our locations in Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal.

Sample Drop-Off We have several sample drop-off locations for safe, contact-free deposits. We’ll receive the sample(s) the next business day and begin work right away.
Mail or Courier You can mail or courier your sample(s) too. Just make sure you seal them with a chain of custody form.
Turnaround Times
Rush (please call for arrangements)
Two Business Days
Standard (up to 5 business days)
Two Weeks (up to 10 business days)
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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.