What does an asbestos abatement in Victoria look like?
In a perfect world, you'll have had a professional environmental consultant complete a Hazardous Materials Survey where hazardous materials, such as asbestos, mould, silica, or lead, may have been found. Before the area is touched, you would contact us to have our estimator assess the situation.
Our estimator will review the report findings and then come to your site to complete a site assessment to determine what is needed to remediate the area effectively. You'll be provided with a comprehensive quote – usually within 24 hours of the on-site inspection – and once approved, we'll schedule our team for your abatement.
In an imperfect world, we’ll be invited to come to a site to clean up an area that has already been contaminated – this is typically a very expensive process, as the airborne asbestos fibres can quickly contaminate a large area.
All of our field staff have been provided and thoroughly trained on the proper use of all personal protective equipment (PPE) required to complete your remediation project safely. We strictly adhere to WorkSafeBC guidelines and requirements to maintain a safe workplace at all times.
Before we arrive on-site to start working on your abatement, a qualified team member will have assessed the risk and coordinated an order for all of the materials and equipment required to set up our containments.
Low to moderate-risk jobs may need the area taped off with warning signs, while large or high-risk jobs may require airtight containment of the entire area, essentially shrink-wrapping your entire home (you'll want to take some pictures to remember the moment).
Whenever we're working with asbestos, a decontamination station is required. Our team members and all of the tools and equipment they use are safely decontaminated before leaving the work area. Containments are typically made with a six-mil plastic sheeting, and for the high-risk projects, we will install a three-stage shower unit with a cleanroom on one side for staging and a dirty room leading into the contaminated work zone. Third-party air monitoring is performed in the cleanroom every day to prevent asbestos fibres from escaping the containment.
When it comes to actually removing the asbestos material, our crew carefully deconstructs the affected area. The removed material is double-bagged in six-mil bags clearly labelled for asbestos, then sealed and placed in a marked hazardous waste bin to be taken to a safe disposal site.
Following the abatement, we'll coordinate with a third-party environmental consultant to visually verify that the project was fully completed. They'll then perform their final tests and issue a Clearance Letter that you will need for your municipality, in most cases, as well as to show your contractors so they can work without fear.