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Residential Pre-Demolition Hazardous Materials Assessment

Steer Environmental completed a hazardous materials (HazMat) assessment for an abandoned residential structure located on managed forest tenure lands near Rossland in Paterson, BC. The assessment was completed in accordance with applicable WorkSafeBC Guidelines and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR). The objective of the assessment was to investigate the potential presence and extent of hazardous materials within the residence to satisfy Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) requirements to obtain a demolition permit. The HazMat assessment included a visual inspection of the residence for potentially hazardous materials containing asbestos, lead paint, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, WHMIS controlled products, ozone depleting substances (ODS), radioactive materials, silica, and urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI). Samples of items and building materials suspected of containing asbestos and lead paint were collected and submitted for laboratory analysis. Analytical results confirmed the presence of asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paint within the residence. Steer Environmental provided guidance and recommendations to the client that professional abatement contractors be retained prior to demolition works to ensure the safe handling, decommissioning, and/or disposal of known or suspected hazardous materials.