Under Ontario Regulation 490/09, there are 11 designated substances. They are acrylonitrile, arsenic, asbestos, benzene, coke oven emissions, ethylene oxide, isocyanates, lead, mercury, silica, and vinyl chloride. The remaining provinces in Canada use the term Hazardous Materials, and this includes an assessment for Asbestos, Lead Painted Surfaces, PCB containing light ballasts or transformers, Ozone Depleting Substances, Radiation Sources, and can also include Mould and Water Damage. Hot Zone has extensive experience in all areas of Hazardous Materials and Designated Substances consulting; Hazardous Materials/Designated Substance Assessments and Reassessments, Project Specific Designated Substance Surveys, Pre-Demolition Designated Substance Surveys, Hazardous Materials Abatement Specification Development and Project Tendering, Hazardous Materials Abatement Project Management for Renovation or Demolition, Hazardous Building Material Management Plan and Training, and Lead Painted Surfaces Bulk and Leachate Sampling. We ensure our clients are being compliant with Provincial or Federal regulations from project implementation to project close-out.
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Hazardous Materials & Designated Substance Assessments & Reassessments
O. Reg. 490/09 prescribes 11 chemical agents as designated substances under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They are: acrylonitrile, arsenic, asbestos, benzene, coke oven emissions, ethylene oxide, isocyanates, lead, mercury, silica and vinyl chloride. The purpose of these assessments & reassessments are to determine the presence and kind of hazardous materials that may be present along with their condition, and to assist building owners or managers in recommending a course of remediation, compliance action, or management control.
Project Specific Designated Substance Surveys
Section 30(1) of The Occupational Health and Safety Act prescribes duties for owners, to determine if these designated substances are present at a site prior to commencement of a construction or renovation project where disturbance is likely.
Pre-Demolition Designated Substance Surveys
Section 30(1) of The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that prior to the beginning of a demolition project, the presence of these designated substance materials be identified, in order to meet the Ontario Regulation 347/90 – General Waste Management requirements for general demolition waste management including all asbestos containing materials. Asbestos materials must be disposed of in a landfill specifically approved and equipped to handle asbestos waste.
Hazardous Materials Abatement Specification Development and Project Tendering
The general intent of a specification document is to notify an abatement contractor of the minimum requirements for the handling, removal, and disposal of asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), lead-containing paints (LCP), mercury-containing florescence light tubes and switches, and light ballast with suspect polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs). This also allows for a contractor to price a project to furnish all labor, materials, services, insurance, to specifically cover the handling and transportation of asbestos, lead, PCBs, mercury, and equipment which is required. This includes the removal, transport, and disposal of the hazardous materials identified for project tendering purposes.
Hazardous Materials Abatement Project Management for Renovation or Demolition
Hot Zone can provide turn-key Hazardous Materials Abatement or Remediation Management during any and all renovation or demolition projects. We can provide cradle to grave services, from the initial designated substances survey, to the specification development, to the project tendering and bid opening, to project implementation/kick-off, to environmental air monitoring or lead leachate sampling for waste stream disposal criteria, to obtaining waste transfer records, and issuing a project final report.
Hazardous Building Material Management Plan and Training
Hazardous Building Material Management Plans and Training provide details of the location and condition of the hazardous materials in the building, survey reports, and reports of previous abatement activities (if applicable) for updating of records and the asbestos inventory. Managing hazardous materials is a requirement in the Canada Labour Code, Part II—Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. Training on the proper use, and care of the Management Plan ensures compliance with the Code, and also keeps an accurate inventory of hazardous materials within a building.
Lead Painted Surfaces Bulk & Leachate Sampling
As a part of our Hazardous Materials and Designated Substances Surveys and Assessments, we collect paint chips samples to indicate and quantify lead levels from paint chips present on different building substrates. This is done to assess if the levels present, indicate a lead exposure potential prior to renovations or abatement. Hot Zone can also collect lead leachate samples for Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) analysis previous to building demolition, to assist in the building demolition waste characterization for the purposes of waste disposal and landfill requirements.