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In a recent province-wide survey, WorkSafeBC found that only half of the homeowners in British Columbia who responded think it’s their responsibility to test for asbestos before a renovation or demolition. Furthermore, only about a third (36%) of homeowners who had done a reno of a pre-1990’s home in the last five years recalled testing for asbestos prior to work starting. WorkSafeBC is enhancing the work it already does with workers and employers in BC around the dangers of asbestos exposure with a campaign to make homeowners aware of the role they play in keeping everyone safe on their project.
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Don’t start a renovation or remodel without testing first!
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a silicate mineral that occurs naturally in the environment. It appears as tiny fibres that, on their own, are not visible to the naked eye. It is these fibres that can make you sick if they are inhaled.Asbestos fibres were added to many building materials because they helped to strengthen them, as well as provide other benefits including improved insulation and heat-resistant properties. The trick when it comes to remaining safe and healthy in the presence of asbestos is knowing which building materials these fibres were added to, and taking the appropriate care when coming into contact with them.
Is asbestos dangerous?
When asbestos fibres are safely secured in a well-maintained non-friable product, their potential to impact on the health of you and your family is all but removed. Once broken, degraded, or intentionally disturbed as part of a renovation, there is the opportunity for asbestos fibres to escape their encasing and be released into the air. Once this happens they can be inhaled, and this is when you are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
Should I be getting my house tested?
If you are planning to demolish or renovate a home or building built before 1990 it is highly likely some of the materials in the house are asbestos containing so you should get testing done before any work takes place.
If you’re worried there may be asbestos in your home, we’re happy to give you some advice. All you need to do is provide us with some details about your upcoming project.
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