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Hazardous Materials Management

Hazardous Materials ManagementA broad range of substances and building materials can be hazardous to human health and/or the environment. Some of the more common hazardous materials encountered at facilities include asbestos, lead (painted surfaces, batteries, etc.), mercury (thermostats, fluorescent light tubes, etc.), PCBs, mould growth, ozone-depleting substances, and various chemical products. These materials can become a concern to workers and building occupants if they are disturbed or not managed appropriately.

Employers have a legal obligation to protect their workers from exposure to hazardous materials. These materials also become a concern during renovation and demolition projects, when appropriate work procedures are required by the governing regulations for removal and appropriate disposal. Costly delays can occur if the materials are not identified early and managed appropriately.

DST has provided solutions to hazardous materials problems on projects ranging from the simple removal of lead-based paint from heritage structures, to the complete abatement and remediation of hazardous materials within hundreds of buildings at a Canadian Forces Base prior to demolition and redevelopment.

Hazardous Materials Management Services

  • Hazardous materials surveys and inventories (project specific or for an entire building/complex), including building material sampling and analysis
  • Summary reporting, outlining recommendations for regulatory compliance and best management practices
  • Pre-renovation/demolition assessments
  • Development of management programs, including Emergency

Response Plans

  • Preparation of abatement specifications
  • Abatement/remediation cost estimation
  • Inspections and associated air monitoring during abatement/remediation work
  • Inventory updates and summary reports following remedial or abatement work
  • Annual re-assessment surveys, including locations, quantity, and condition of materials
  • Staff/employee training for hazardous materials awareness and safe handling and disposal procedures

Please contact us for any of your hazardous materials consulting needs.

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