Hazardous Building Materials Assessment
Steer Environmental Associates Ltd. provides professional hazardous building materials assessment services by an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) certified inspector. Steer’s AHERA-certified inspectors are trained to identify, sample, and delineate the following hazardous materials in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements:
- Asbestos-containing materials (ACM)
- Lead-based paints and coatings (LBC)
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
- WHMIS-controlled products
- Ozone-depleting substances
- Fire Debris
- Flammable or explosive materials
- Radioactive materials
- Animal droppings and carcasses
- Needles and sharps
Following identification and delineation of hazardous materials, Steer Environmental assists clients by recommending cost-efficient, practical solutions to safely manage ameliorate or remediate problem areas in accordance with WorkSafeBC requirements. Steer Environmental has completed numerous hazardous building material assessments throughout the Kootenay region for the above-noted hazardous materials. The most common hazardous building materials encountered in HazMat surveys are typically mold, and asbestos– and lead-containing materials.
Documentation proving completion of a HazMat assessment may be required prior to proceeding with the following activities:
- Municipal building permit applications
- Demolition permit applications
- Restoration works following fire and flood events
- HazMat abatement activities
- Maintenance activities
- Property transactions
WorkSafeBC requires employers and building owners to maintain an inventory of hazardous materials found in the workplace. The inventory is to be conducted by a qualified person and updated annually. Steer helps clients understand their responsibilities and satisfy applicable occupational health and safety requirements.
We can also help clients navigate and fulfill the requirements of PSAB Standard Section 3280 for Asset Retirement Obligations as they relate to buildings containing asbestos.