• 201-990 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC V8T 2A1

Due to COVID-19, we have made some changes to our regular business practices. We are still open during regular hours, however, in order to protect our employees and other customers, no access into the main office is permitted at this time. Instead, a self-serve station has been set up outside of the office door for drop-off samples. Plastic bags and chain of custody forms are provided next to the blue drop box; a member of our team will call to arrange payment over the phone once the form and samples have been reviewed. All other on-site work and consulting will continue as usual until further notice.

We would like to thank our clients for adhering to these temporary safety measures during this difficult time, and ask that you reach out to us if you have any questions at all.

  • Island EHS
    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 Occupational Hygiene monitoring services. These services can include: Mould, Lead dust, Welding fumes, HEPA filter testing, Compressed breathing air testing and Solvents.



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



Services

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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