Whether for a commercial, industrial or residential building selecting a knowledgeable and skilled organization is key to managing any hazardous material problems, especially when it comes to asbestos and mould. The people that identify potential hazards and plan remediation / control measures with you need to know what they are talking about…but more than talk, they need to know what they are doing in order to keep everyone involved safe and ensure the effective remediation of the hazardous materials.
What should you look for when selecting an asbestos or mould specialist?
⇒ MTCU Type 3 Certified Supervisors and Workers —This is the ONLY government certification for asbestos workers and supervisors to demonstrate they are competent. Certified workers must pass an MTCU examination which clearly indicates they are familiar with the regulations and protocols for asbestos
⇒ Insurance that specifically covers mould and asbestos abatement of at least $5,000,000
⇒ Clean record with the Ministries
⇒ WSIB Certified
⇒ Knowledge and application of guidelines set out in Ontario Regulation 278/05
⇒ Experience doing similar projects, minimum 1 year
Other things you should also consider:
⇒ Does the organization have experienced, professional leadership, preferably greater than 10 years?
⇒ Is a 3rd party conducting the air monitoring / quality control measures?
⇒ Is a Professional Engineer or Certified Industrial Hygienist signing off on the project?
⇒ Is the price of the contractor in the same ballpark as other quotations?
⇒ Security background clearance
⇒ Written contracts that specifically outline the scope of work and pricing
⇒ Willingness to share paperwork such as Notice of Projects, Permits, Certificates, etc.
When it comes to an asbestos or mould related concerns, you want to entrust that all steps are taken to ensure safety, and that the removal of these hazardous materials is efficient and effective (the last thing you want is having to pay more in the future to fix a company’s mistakes, or the corners they cut).
Need a hazardous material specialist? We can help. Oakhill’s fully certified (MTCU) HAZMAT team has over 20 years of experience in this industry and is equipped to handle any level of asbestos or mould remediation. We want to provide you with a safe, healthy living environment and treat every project as if the situation was occurring in our own home or workplace. Give us a call at 905-988-1243 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about what we can do for you.
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