• 201-990 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 2A1
WorkSafeBC has initiated a change in training requirements for abatement contractors, remediation companies, and any other organizations that deal with asbestos.
Island EHS is a WorkSafeBC-authorized trainer and programs are currently being scheduled.
For more information, please email admin@islandehs.ca or call 778-406-0933.
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    Island Environmental Health & Safety
    Vancouver Island Testing and Consulting
    Locally owned hazardous materials consulting firm

Hazardous Material Investigation

WorkSafeBC requires that a hazardous materials investigation be completed before a building is renovated or demolished. Many municipalities require that this be done before permits will be issued.

Laboratory Services

Island EHS provides in-house asbestos testing through our accredited labs in Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan. Our lab services also include air monitoring and air clearances for asbestos abatement, and testing for lead and crystalline silica.

Occupational Hygiene Monitoring

Island EHS is able to provide a full range of services through an on-staff Registered Occupational Hygienist. These services include health and safety plans, confined space assessments and training, HEPA filter testing, asbestos and lead building inventories, fume and noise testing, and other specialty services.

Samples can be dropped off at any time during business hours.

Typical samples (flooring, drywall, stucco, shingles, etc.) need to be about 2x2” in size and delivered in separate sealed Ziploc-type baggies. Drywall samples should be accompanied by drywall filler compound (found at a seam or corner), texture coat or plaster; exceptions include popcorn ceiling scrapings, of which about a teaspoon of material is needed, and vermiculite. Vermiculite samples should fill a large Ziploc freezer bag and be a composite of material in the area (it is usually suggested that samples should be taken from the four farthest corners of the area to fill the bag, in order to provide a proper composite sample). Any samples that are too large to fit safely within our fume hood or are not delivered in sealed bags may be rejected due to the health risk to our employees. All samples are presumed positive until proven otherwise.
A Chain of Custody form will need to be filled out at time of drop-off with information about the sample(s) to be tested, so please be prepared to provide the address and room from which the sample(s) were taken.

WorkSafeBC sample sizes | Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos


Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials can be present in any building. Disturbing these materials during renovations or demolition can result in workers and building occupants becoming exposed to a variety of hazards.

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Abatement Materials

Air sampling is carried out during the removal of asbestos containing materials. WorkSafeBC regulations stipulate the types and frequency of air sampling that is required during abatement activities.

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Occupational Hygiene

Occupational Hygiene is the practice of studying and reducing the risk of work place exposure to a wide range of hazardous materials and conditions.

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Laboratory Services

Island EHS offers a variety of laboratory services both in house and through accredited laboratories.

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the quality of air within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.

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Health & Safety Plans

A health and safety program is a definite plan of action designed to prevent accidents and occupational diseases.

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