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HazForce Environmental Ltd. is a full-service island-based hazardous waste removal company that has been serving Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Cowichan Valley since 2017.
Known for their friendly professional and immediate response, they are a trusted resource for first-time homebuyers, those that own residential properties and to contractors involved in demolition and renovation projects. Commercial project managers and owners rely on HazForce’s ability to understand government regulations and navigate stakeholders confidentially through the process of hazardous material abatement.
Hazardous waste removal Services include:
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were used in many building products. It is commonly found in sheet vinyl flooring, vinyl floor tile, cement, drywall joint compound, textured walls and ceilings, plaster, roof shingles, etc. Serious chronic health problems or even death to an asbestos-related disease may occur to those exposed to asbestos.
Those purchasing homes that were built between 1950 and 1970 should be aware that vermiculite, a known asbestos-containing mineral, was used during this period. It is a building material used for its insulative and fire-retardant properties. Exposure to vermiculite can cause several types of life-threatening diseases, including lung cancer.
Mould (mold) is everywhere. It only needs water and a food source (cardboard or wood) to grow. As it develops it releases spores harmful to your health. It can be found in:
– surfaces exposed to water damage
– attics and crawlspaces
– bathrooms and basements
Lead is a naturally occurring, greyish hazardous metal that was used in consumer and industrial products. It can be found in buildings constructed prior to 1980. It was used in paints, decorative glass, roof sheeting, and plumbing fixtures. Listed as a carcinogen, it is known to cause cancer and if proper precautions are not taken around lead those exposed may develop serious health issues.
Biohazard refers to any biological materials that pose a threat to the health of living organisms. HazForce is qualified to carefully remove potentially infectious materials from your site and dispose of the waste to a licensed hazardous waste facility.
Common types of biohazards are:
– drug paraphernalia
– animal waste
– bat & rodent waste
Demolition surveys are more destructive than a typical HazMat survey allowing for a more comprehensive report of all hazardous materials for any given structure and site.
Extreme clutter (hoarding) can create an environment for mold growth, pest infestations, structural damage, fire hazards, tripping hazards, and various health issues (such as respiratory diseases and infections). Pests such as cockroaches, rats, flies, etc. are attracted to rotting food and animal waste products becoming a haven for them to spread diseases to people and animals living in these unsanitary conditions.
Completion of a Hazmat Survey is critical to the safety of workers that will be onsite. It identifies hazardous materials on the property before the construction project begins. Trades are informed of the hazards present and therefore can implement appropriate safety precautions: wearing personal protection equipment and implementing safe work procedures.
Prevention is key to healthy buildings inside and out. Fixing leaks, ensuring proper airflow, and preventing ire. deterioration keeps your property safe and healthy for everyone.
We assist with ongoing maintenance of your property, home and buildings and can ensure you are kept aware of any upcoming maintenance requirements before they become major projects.
Prevention is the key to avoiding mould exposure. Always make sure that water leaks are fixed, and standing water is mopped up. Airflow is the natural enemy to mould therefore any area where moisture may accumulate should be well ventilated, and exhaust fans should be utilized wherever possible.