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HAZMAT SURVEYS & WHY YOU NEED ONE

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Why do I need a Hazmat Survey before starting any work?

  • Are you doing any renovations?
  • Is your building built before 1990?
  • Are you removing & disposing of building materials from walls, floors, insulation, sinks, heating systems, roofs, painted surfaces, roofs, etc.?
  • Are you the building owner or Prime Contractor?

A HazMat Survey is required prior to starting any construction work on your property. The requirement to have a Hazmat Survey is found in section 20.112 under Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation.

What to do with the report?

  • The HazMat report must be available at the worksite whenever workers are present.
  • Any disposal facility will require proof that certain building materials do not contain hazardous materials.

When hiring a Consultant, ensure the following:

  • The person conducting the Survey has AHERA Building Inspector Certification is a qualified person or Environmental Consultant.
  • They have Errors & Omissions Insurance.
  • Sample analysis is done by an Accredited Lab.
  • The report provided covers the Scope of Work satisfying WorkSafeBC and Municipal Requirements.
  • Note that due to new WorksafeBC regulations in Feb 2015, zeolite vermiculite insulation is assumed to be asbestos-containing material (ACM) without being analyzed by a lab.

When hiring a General Contractor or Tradesperson:

  • A Hazardous Material (HazMat) Survey is required prior to starting any construction work on your property. The requirement to have a Hazmat Survey is found in section 20.112 under Part 20 Construction, Excavation and Demolition of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation.
  • Owners and Contractors have the responsibility or “due diligence” to provide and maintain a safe working environment for all workers because they are responsible for any hazards that may exist.

When hiring an abatement Contractor:

  • Ensure any quote or estimate you receive, except for the removal of vermiculite insulation in an attic, is based on a Hazardous Material Survey conducted by a qualified person or Environmental Consultant.
  • The contractor you hire is qualified to do abatement work. Proof of qualifications include: Commercial General Liability Coverage Insurance with added Special Risk Insurance for Asbestos, Mould, etc.
  • Is Active and in Good Standing with WorkSafeBC. A clearance Letter may be obtained by anyone online at WorkSafeBC website.
  • Follows the regulations set out in the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Regulations of the Workers Compensation Act of British Columbia.

Provides the following documentation:

  • Files on behalf of the registered property owner, a British Columbia Generator (BCG) number, with the Ministry of Environment for disposal of hazardous material exceeding 1000 kg.
  • Supplies and completes Waste Manifests as per Ministry of Environment Regulations for each bin leaving your property.
  • Conducts a Hazard Risk Assessment (HRA), prepares a Site-Specific Safe Work Procedure (SSWP) and submits a Notice of Project (NOP) to WorkSafeBC 48 hours prior to project start date.

Additional Resources

WorkSafeBC Asbestos Awareness for Homeowners

Attention Demolition Contractors: What you need to know

 

"Any quote or estimate you receive, except for removal of vermiculite insulation in an attic, is based off a Hazardous Material Survey conducted by a qualified person or Environmental Consultant."

Jon Sperber

Operations Manager

250-510-4757 | jon@hazforce.ca

A deeper dive.

Graduated from the University of British Columbia in Civil Engineering, Jon is a certified AHERA Building Inspector with years of experience working with hazardous material abatement of asbestos, lead, mould, and biohazards. His efforts are focused on residential, industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) and Demolition projects.