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RATES 2018 - 2019

  • ASBESTOS | AIR, VERMICULITE & MATERIALS
  • MOLDS | AIR, SURFACES & MATERIALS
  • OTHER CONTAMINANTS, all other types of expertise are subject to specific studies so that we can develop a proposal that can meet your specific needs.

With asbestos, the most prudent approach is to retain the services of a company that conducts the sampling and analysis that is completely independent of your asbestos remediation contractor with whom you intend to perform asbestos abatement work. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), https://www.epa.gov advises to AVOID using the services of a single contractor to perform both the asbestos removal work and laboratory analysis.

Depending on the scope and nature of the work, in general, the three steps are...

  • 1) The characterization, that is, the sampling (compliant sampling) and the laboratory analysis (approved methods) of materials likely to contain asbestos (ACM) / Asbestos Containing Materials.
  • 2) The daily assessment of air quality (ambient test) during the work to verify the tightness of the zones and airlocks, when the nature of the work requires them, according to the duration.
  • 3) Final compliance test before dismantling airlock zones after decontamination work is considered final and clean. The dismantling of the airlock zone is granted or not, according to the results obtained, in case of failure the cleaning protocol must be taken all over again by the remediation contractor.

By not respecting this precautionary rule, it will more likely lead to a situation that representing a conflict of interest. For the sake of neutrality and safety, make sure that the company that performs the decontamination is NOT the same company that takes care of the sampling and analysis of MCA before during and after the decontamination work.

THIS IS THE ONLY AND BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST ANY FORM OF FRAUD.

SECTION 1

ASBESTOS

VERMICULITE (Zonolite)

Starting from $ 225

Insulation found in the attic, walls & under floors.

  • Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) IRSST 244-3
  • Sampling & Report from $145
  • Only $80 per sample analyzed
  • Report issued in just 1 day
  • Including 3 sampling *
  • Economic / stop at 1st positive **
  • Compliance with CNESST
  • Analysis done in compliant laboratories
  • IRSST Method 244-3
  • Trained technicians
  • Report included
  • Photographs included

* 3 samples collected, the first one is analyzed and the 2 others remaining available for analysis (continuity if negative)

** The analysis sequence is governed by the stopping protocol at the first positive (presence of asbestos)

Terms and conditions

The invoice is payable on sampling day at the latest.

The invoice is payable credit card, check or cash.

The rates shown above are…

  • Both taxes applicable.
  • Subject to transportation fees.
  • Effective 01 09 18. Valid until 01 03 19.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • In Canadian dollars.

ASBESTOS BUILDING MATERIALS

From $ 225

Cement, plaster, stucco, heat insulating, ceiling tile, etc.

  • Suspected asbestos-containing materials MCA
  • Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) IRSST 244-3
  • Sampling & Report from $ 145
  • Only $80 per analyzed sample
  • Analysis done in compliant laboratories
  • Report issued in just 1 day
  • Including 3 sampling *
  • $ 25 / per additional sampling
  • 1st positive stop by HAM **
  • Trained technician
  • Compliance with CNESST
  • IRSST Method 244-3
  • Report included
  • Photographs included

* If samples are directly accessible.
** HAM Homogeneous Area Materials or (an area presenting similarities of work).

Terms and conditions

The invoice is payable on sampling day at the latest.

The invoice is payable credit card, check or cash.

The rates shown above are…

  • Both taxes applicable.
  • Subject to transportation fees.
  • Effective 01 09 18. Valid until 01 03 19.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • In Canadian dollars.

FLOOR TILES

Starting from $ 145*

Carrelage de plancher à base de produit pétrolier

  • Floor tile, petroleum / vinyl based
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • (TEM aka Electronic Microscopy)
  • TEM Method IRSST - 244-3 / NYS ELAP 198.4
  • Only $ 145* per analyzed sample
  • Analysis done in compliant laboratories
  • Report issued in 3 days only
  • Including 3 sampling **
  • Trained technician
  • Compliance with CNESST
  • IRSST Method 244-3
  • Report included
  • Photographs included

* As a complementary (additional) samples, if the technician is already on site to perform other sampling (i.e. same time, on the same site). If we are being requested to perform uniquely this type of sampling, then, sampling and transportation charges will apply, contact us for more details.

** Samples easily accessible, additional charges apply when access is difficult and/or hard to reach

Terms and conditions

The invoice is payable on sampling day at the latest.

The invoice is payable credit card, check or cash.

The rates shown above are…

  • Both taxes applicable.
  • Subject to transportation fees.
  • Effective 01 09 18. Valid until 01 03 19.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • In Canadian dollars.

TEST FINAL (AIR)

From $ 390

Compliance testing before withdrawal of airlock zone

  • 4 hrs / 3800 liters in volume
  • Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM)
  • Recognized method IRSST 243-1
  • Sampling & Reporting from $ 245
  • Only $ 145 per sample analyzed
  • 1x air sampling / sample included
  • 1x lab white, analysis included
  • 30% discount on 2nd sampling * nearby **
  • Report issued in 1 day only
  • am/pm service available, conditions applies
  • Analysis done in certified laboratories
  • Trained technician
  • Full report included
  • Photographs Included

* Applicable to 2nd and subsequent samples

** Same jobsite: same floor, in less than 10 m2.

Terms and conditions

The invoice is payable on sampling day at the latest.

The invoice is payable credit card, check or cash.

The rates shown above are…

  • Both taxes applicable.
  • Subject to transportation fees.
  • Effective 01 09 18. Valid until 01 03 19.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • In Canadian dollars.

DAILY SAMPLING (AIR)

From $ 290 Compliance test

Tests (journalier) de conformité quotidienne

  • Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM)
  • Recognized Method IRSST 243-1
  • Sampling & Reporting from $ 145
  • Only $ 145 per sample submitted
  • 1x air sample / matrix included
  • 1x lab white / matrix included
  • 50% on 2nd samples in the same zone*
  • ** Report issued on the same day, am/pm
  • *** Analysis done in compliant laboratories
  • Equipment and matrices free of charge
  • Trained technician
  • Conformity with CNESST
  • Complete report included
  • Photographs included

* Applicable to 2nd and subsequent samples

** Two contiguous zones accepted, otherwise fees add.

*** Conditional to a session ended before 10h30am

Terms and conditions

The invoice is payable on sampling day at the latest.

The invoice is payable credit card, check or cash.

The rates shown above are…

  • Both taxes applicable.
  • Subject to transportation fees.
  • Effective 01 09 18. Valid until 01 03 19.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • In Canadian dollars.

CAUTION AIRBORNE ASBESTOS FIBERS MAY CAUSE A SIRIOUS HEALTH THREAT

This why WE DO NOT ACCEPT any self-sampling samples over the counter from individuals or commercial client. Otherwise we do accept samples coming from industrial plants and more specifically for industries whose staff has been trained for the extraction and handling of hazardous materials that may contain asbestos fibers.

The option of depositing self-sampling samples IS NOT AVAILABLE for the following reasons:

  • a) In general, doing the asbestos sampling by yourself is a dangerous task because you are not wearing the appropriate protective equipment, which in itself can be a health hazard.
  • b) Extraction of materials that may contain asbestos improperly can contaminate places creating a subsequent state of danger to the health of occupants.
  • c) Generally, the self-service samples are taken without the application of required protocols for this very purposes, hence the possibility of obtaining a false negative result and potentially erroneous results.
  • d) Since the sampling sites are technically unknown to the laboratory, there will not be any official address is stated on the laboratory report. Since we cannot certify the origin of the samples, the report issued without an official address will consequently be considered to have no legal value.

SECTION 2

INDOOR AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS

AIR AND IDENTIFICATION SPORES MOISISSURES

AIR TEST 1

Airborne molds

From $ 395

Ideal for...

  • For a floor of the house, to choose basement or floor.
  • For an apartment or condominium on a level.

AIR TEST 2

Airborne molds

From $ 495

Ideal for...

  • For a bungalow, in the basement and on the ground floor.
  • For an apartment or condominium on 2 floors.

AIR TEST 3

Airborne molds

From $ 595

Ideal for...

  • For a cottage, in the basement, on the ground floor and 1st floor.
  • For an apartment or condominium on three floors.

OUR INTERVENTIONS IN BRIEF

(MOLD AIR TESTS)

  • Indoor air quality analysis, identification of mold spore genera;
  • Outdoor air quality analysis identification of mold spore genera;
  • Environmental parameters of the building, indoor vs outdoor;
  • Overview of the appearance of conformity (obvious defect) of the building;
  • Overview of the appearance of conformity of the physical layout of the building;
  • Overview of the kinetics of the water potential for infiltration, etc.; (except in winter)
  • Overview of air kinetics, air movement, floor to floor;
  • Overview of a potential for cross-contamination, floor to floor;
  • Overview of heating and air-conditioning systems (HVAC), state of cleanliness.

OUR DETAILED INTERVENTIONS

(MOLD AIR TESTS)

  • Report issued in 1 to 2 working days with no surcharge fees;
  • Identification of mechanical deficiencies of the building;
  • Genera spores count, both viable and nonviable;
  • Enumeration, total counts of mold spores;
  • Identification of the species of mold spores;
  • Internal air collection (s) with spores trap;
  • Outdoor air collection, comparative standard;
  • Gas aldehyde gas (CH2O / HCHO);
  • Volatiles organic compounds, TVOC;
  • Trained sampling technician
  • Equipment & sampling pumps;
  • Sampling matrix (spore traps);
  • Carbon dioxide ppm CO2;
  • Relative humidity% RH;
  • Site’s true temperature;
  • Pictures of the premises;
  • Photographs of processes;
  • Certified laboratory analysis;
  • Certified laboratory report;
  • Pictogram interpretation results;
  • Easy to understand results;
  • Confirmation of wholesomeness, if so;
  • Safety and Security Guidelines;
  • Comprehensive report in PDF;
  • Explanatory grid for comparison;
  • Recommendation, options offered, next step;
  • Mold management guide, remediation;
  • Mould compendium, pathological impacts;
  • Information and prevention guide;
  • Diagnostic immune test guide;

OPTIONAL LEVELS

(TESTING D AIR & SURFACES MISISSURES & BACTERIA)

  • Various optional extras are made available, rates are subject to a specific quote.
  • On site, if and only when needed we will recommend available options;
  • Additional air sampling for ambient air by spore trap (direct)
  • Inner-wall air sampling with probe and spore trap (direct)
  • Mold sampling on surface mold on slide or swab (direct)
  • Removal of building material to be analysed in lab (direct)
  • Mold sampling on the surfaces, swab (viable) enumeration, genera and species
  • Air sampling by bio impaction molds, enumeration, genera ID with species (viable)
  • Air sampling by bio-impaction bacteria, enumeration (viable)
  • Bio-impaction air sampling bacteria, enumeration, species identification (viable)
  • Bio-impaction air sampling bacteria, enumeration, species and gender identification (viable)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The invoice is payable on sampling day at the latest.

The invoice is payable credit card, check or cash.

The rates shown above are…

  • Both taxes applicable.
  • Subject to transportation fees.
  • Effective 01 09 18. Valid until 01 03 19.
  • Subject to change without notice.
  • In Canadian dollars.

ANALYSIS ARE EXCLUSIVELY DONE IN THE ENCLOSURE OF CERTIFIED LABORATORIES.

The laboratory analysis work is certified according to the international standard ISO 17025. All sampling methods are in compliance with the standards and regulations of the Health and Safety Research Institute. Quebec Labor (IRSST) and the Health and Safety at Work Regulations (CNESST). The management of samples in the laboratory is carried out by biotechnologists, microbiologists and chemists specializing in the cutting-edge sectors of their respective disciplines. All laboratory analysis operations are recognized or accredited according to ISO / IEC 17025. The various laboratory analysis methodologies are in accordance with international standards recognized by NIOSH, OSHA, ASTM, AOAC, FDA BAM, CTFA, USP, APHA, ASM and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Quality Assurance & Quality Control (QA / QC) internal laboratory programs are also compliant with ISO 17025. The laboratory analytical work is also compliant with the CMHC Standards and from Health Canada. https://airtests.ca/laboratoires.php

ASBESTOS

ANALYSIS METHODS

Laboratory worker who analyzes the presence of asbestos

AIRTESTS offers certified expertise in asbestos fiber research in materials containing asbestos (MCA), material susceptible to contain asbestos (MSCA) and fiber counting in air suspension services; conformity zone, daily tests and final tests. You can consult the website of the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec to know the reasons why it is advisable to carry out the asbestos characterization tests.

AIRTESTS meets the standards of the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the IRSST (Robert Sauvé Institute for Occupational Health and Safety) and the CSST (Commission for Occupational Health and Safety). It is based on the principles of the sampling protocol drafted by the EPA that the IRSST and the CSST rely to carry out asbestos surveys in buildings. The outline of this procedure defines a minimum number of samples to be taken according to the surface area of the same homogeneous material encountered. In addition, the EPA advises to avoid using the services of the same contractor to carry out corrective work and air quality tests, as this situation in itself represents a potential for conflict of interest. Recognized methods for asbestos testing

IRSST Method 244-3 (MLP) - Mineralogical Characterization in Polarizing Microscopy and Color Dispersion As the case may be and in order to extract the fibers, the samples have undergone a slight mechanical grinding. The particles and fibers produced were transferred to slides, covered with a coverslip and bathed in suitable refractive index liquids to observe the color dispersion. The orthoscopic and conoscopic optical properties of the samples are also used if they make it possible to complete the characterization.

IRSST Method 243-1 (MOCP) - Phase Contrast Optical Microscopy Provides a good index of workplace exposure when the predominant type of fiber in the air is asbestos. Sampling is carried out using an extended conductive cassette with a mixed cellulose ester (ECM) membrane. The sampling rate is variable to measure a weighted average exposure value in an industrial setting to measure fiber concentration in low-dust environments such as public buildings.

ELAP Method 198.4 (TEM) - Mineralogical Characterization by Transmission Electron Microscopy Transmission electron microscope method for the identification and quantification of asbestos in non-friable bulk samples bound by organic materials. Electron microscopy analyzes are performed with the FEI Tecnai Twin TEM and EDAX Genesis System using X-ray energy dispersive analysis (EDXA) and the electron diffraction model (SAED) selection for the recognition of species of asbestos fibers.

REGULATIONS, NEW REQUIREMENTS

Heating pipe insulated with asbestos

The new requirements put in place by the regulation. The Regulations now require employers to inspect the buildings in which their workers operate: in the case of buildings constructed before February 15, 1990, inspect the building to locate asbestos flocking and check the condition of the materials. Flocking is a mixture of friable materials applied by projection to cover a surface. For buildings constructed before May 20, 1999, inspect the building to locate asbestos insulation and check the condition of the materials. Insulation is an insulating material that covers an installation or equipment to prevent loss of heat. It is important to note that these inspection obligations apply to all employers, regardless of whether they are tenants or owners of the building where their workers are located. In the case where the employer is tenant of the building, it will have to agree with the owner on the responsibility of the cost of the inspections and if necessary, corrections required. However, the responsibility rests solely on the shoulders of the employer under the new regulations and not on the shoulders of the property owners.

In addition, it should be noted that the Regulation establishes a presumption of presence of asbestos in flocking and insulation, unless the employer proves otherwise. It is possible to rebut the presumption by providing documentary evidence (e.g., technical sheet establishing the composition of materials) or a sampling report made in accordance with the Regulations. The initial flocking and heat insulating inspection must be completed no later than June 6, 2015 and every two years thereafter. An exception to this inspection schedule is provided where asbestos-containing flocking and insulation are entirely enclosed in a permanent, fiber-tight structure and access to flocking and heat-insulation is only possible by a destructive operation of the work.

In addition to flocking and heat insulation, the Regulations also set out rules for all materials and products containing or likely to contain asbestos.

In the case where an employer plans to carry out work that is likely to emit dust, he must first check the presence of asbestos in the materials or products likely to contain it (eg gypsum ceiling, etc.) and, if they contain asbestos, take the necessary measures to protect workers. The Regulation also imposes an information obligation on workers who may be exposed to asbestos dust. Note that when the materials previously mentioned are in a condition likely to release dust containing asbestos fibers, repair work must be carried out immediately, in accordance with the provisions of the Safety Code for the works. of construction. Once the characterization is done by a professional, the owner will be able to determine if asbestos removal work is required prior to the planned work. Generally, the plaster is composed of two layers, the base layer called "cementitious plaster", greyish color, and the white topcoat. Usually, asbestos is in the base layer, but it can happen that intermediate and finishing layers also contain it. That's why it's important to take the samples deep to extract all the layers. It is also essential to sample on original plaster surfaces and avoid renovated areas that may skew the results. A representative characterization of a floor or a building likely to contain asbestos requires the respect of a procedure recognized by the provincial authorities. The sampling protocol drawn up by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and on which the Health and Safety at Work Commission (CSST) is based in Quebec is used to carry out the surveys. Asbestos in buildings. The outline of this procedure defines a minimum number of samples to be taken according to the surface area of the same homogeneous material encountered.

Demonstration. Flocking and heat insulation are presumed to contain asbestos, subject to a demonstration to the contrary by one of the following means:

  • verifiable documentary information, such as a data sheet or a material safety data sheet, which establishes the composition of flocking and heat insulating materials or the date of their installation;
  • A compliant sampling report containing the results of an analysis carried out on a sufficient number of representative samples to reveal the presence of asbestos on flocking and heat insulating in accordance with the article of the law.

COMPUTER SERVERS ROOMS

Today, computer hardware is at the forefront of all our activities. It goes without saying that, for a vast majority of modern companies, a computer room in good condition is an indispensable, even vital, asset to the smooth running of business. Computers, servers, telecommunication closets, etc., must be particularly well maintained to avoid breakage or breakdowns that would hurt most businesses. For that, as IBM proposes, the cleanliness of the environment is one of the main factors to ensure the proper functioning of the computer equipment and its longevity. For example, due to its nature, a server room requires special attention, which far exceeds that given to traditional work environments.

In addition, it facilities are very sensitive to pollution, visible or invisible. In this sense, the builders recommend a rigorous and systematic maintenance of their equipment. In addition, in the event of a claim or incident, insurance companies only compensate their clients if they have complied with the manufacturer's standards for maintenance. Companies specialize in this field and offer several services such as:

  • Preventive maintenance of appliances
  • Dusting of the casing floor;
  • The evacuation of work residues (cables, rubble, etc.);
  • The flatness of the false floor;
  • Cleaning surfaces, etc.

But first and foremost, good air circulation is essential, unpolluted air, since it is the air that ensures the proper functioning of computer equipment by cooling computers, servers, cabinets containing computer equipment. etc. : overheating is one of the most important causes of power outages and blackouts.

Dust. Premises housing computer equipment should be cleaned daily and with special attention to avoid the accumulation of dust and too high levels of airborne particles. For example, to wash the floor, it is recommended to use a mop moistened with clear water, because the additives present in the cleaning products can damage the computer equipment. Raised floors require special maintenance, and annual cleaning of the plenum requires the expertise of specialized companies to keep the filters of the computer units intact and to ensure a satisfactory level of hygiene for the staff. In addition to the monitoring required by dust, there are also temperature and humidity levels which can also cause equipment breakdowns, such as those of other air pollutants that can cause rapid and very damaging corrosion of computer equipment.

Indeed, as stated in the Hewlett Packard preparation guide, air pollution and dust pose many dangers for electronic equipment: masking disk drive heads, short circuit components, tampering with contacts insufficient cooling, deterioration of moving mechanical parts, risk of deterioration of magnetic media, premature clogging of internal filters or air conditioning, etc. In addition, the dusts are of different types and do not react in the same way when they come into contact with the electronic components:

  • Fine or abrasive dusts;
  • Conductive dust;
  • Dry or insulating dust.

Fine dust causes abrasion of components, especially those of moving parts; and its accumulation on the housings promotes the retention of water and moisture. Conductive dust causes short circuits, while dry or insulating dust can interrupt current flow and increase contact resistance. Dry dust is characterized as a thermal insulator since it reduces heat dispersion and increases local temperature. This process can damage electrical circuits and even cause fires or explosions.

AIRTESTS evaluates air quality in all indoor environments, we can help you detect VOCs (volatile organic compounds), asbestos, bacteria, mold and dust that disturb occupants of places. By knowing the real state of the place, you will be better able to intervene to alleviate the problems related to the bad quality of the air, you will increase the feeling of well-being of your employees and the productivity of the in addition to reducing absenteeism