Asbestos fibers are naturally occurring mineral fibers and are virtually indestructible. In Canada, thousands of building products from the 1900’s up until early 1990’s contained asbestos, and it was not known during this time that asbestos was a toxic substance that, when inhaled, could be very dangerous to a person’s health. Abatement is defined as the removal and disposal of materials containing asbestos or other hazardous materials harmful to an individuals health.
Asbestos possess the greatest danger when it is deteriorated or disturbed. Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials do not pose any known serious hazards. When asbestos is in poor condition, the fibers are easily released and can cause adverse health effects to those who are exposed to fibers.
The purpose of the abatement clean-up process is to eliminate the asbestos fibers and to remove the contaminated materials in a controlled and best-practiced manner and following the individual provincial codes when it comes to handling asbestos. In other words, the goal of asbestos abatement is to remove and clean contaminated materials in a way that prevents the spread of asbestos fiber contaminants from leaving the affected area and entering other non-abatement areas while protecting the health of the workers and occupants.
Asbestos is heavily regulated throughout Canada, moreover, each province has its own regulation guidelines when dealing with asbestos in construction. Every precaution should be taken when coming into contact with potential asbestos containing materials. Materials should be tested by an accredited laboratory and verified. Once the potential asbestos materials have been tested, depending on the type of building materials it is prudent to have a third party consultant/engineer develop a risk assessment and removal plan that best suits your needs.
Once a risk assessment report and scope is developed, JK Environmental Services works with you to complete the project in a timely manner. At JK we have worked with numerous government agencies, health care facilities, academic institutions, property management firms, commercial, industrial and residential clients.
Together with years of experience, extensive training and and strict adherence to Government Regulations, every JK client is assured that the removal of this hazardous substance is done safely! JK offer asbestos removal abatement services throughout Western Canada and the Northern Territories.