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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

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Asbestos, Definition

asbestos

Asbestos is the name given to a number of natural minerals, fibrous and flexible high tensile strength which are provided with a high resistance to heat (incombustible infusible) and many chemicals. It is because of these characteristics that asbestos has been used in over 2500 different construction products during the last century. Very popular between the 1950s and 1980s, this fibrous rock is found in large majority in homes and commercial buildings that were built or renovated during that period, regardless of the environment, whether industrial, institutional, commercial or residential.

We must also consider that asbestos is a friction and thermal insulating material, and that can be found in appliances such as refrigerators, industrial furnaces, water heaters and steam pipes and Hot water.

Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, represent a health risk. There is no need to fear when they are enclosed or tightly bound in a product such as a wall covering or floor covering Because asbestos is a reinforcing material, insulation and fireproofing useful, it has been widely used in building materials such as:

  • Plaster on wooden slats
  • Gypsum drywall
  • Joint compounds and stucco
  • Deco ceiling moldings
  • Plaster on wire mesh
  • Gypsum - plaster textured walls
  • Textured coatings and paints
  • Shingles and roofing tar
  • Caulking on windows and doors
  • Linoleum and vinyl floor tile
  • Suspended ceiling tiles
  • Flexible ventilation seals
  • Electrical wiring
  • Water heaters and pipes
  • Ventilation ducts
  • Water pipes and sewer
  • Thermal Insulation Board
  • Insulation, hot water pipe
  • Furnaces, incinerators and chimneys
  • Wall panels of asbestos cement
  • Insulation of refrigeration equipment
  • Insulation, steam lines
  • Flocking, insulating projection
  • Boilers and Tanks

Plasterers are added asbestos "chrysotile" or vermiculite powder (which may also contain asbestos) to enhance properties: better enforcement, less cracking and faster time to cure. It is therefore important that the owner or his representative shall ensure that the composition of this material prior to renovation, redevelopment or demolition during which the plaster surfaces would be affected. Gypsum is a material used in the manufacture of walls, partitions, ceilings and other elements of the majority of buildings constructed before 1980, after which it is gradually replaced by gypsum (begining of 1960). We suggest you Refer to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety for more learning on asbestos at home.

Asbestos fibers, when inhaled, represent a health risk. There is no need to fear when they are enclosed or tightly bound in a product such as a wall covering or floor covering, since they are not found in ambient air. By cons, there is a potential hazard when asbestos-containing material deteriorates (wear, breakage, accident, water damage) or during maintenance, repair or construction. For any manipulation or deterioration of a product containing asbestos may cause detachment and dispersal of fiber, and generate a high concentration of their presence in the air. You can look on the Gouvernement of Canada to learn more on health risks of asbestos.

MINERAL NOMENCLATURE ASBESTOS BY GROUPS Serpentine group

Fiber curves > Chrysotile or white asbestos is one (1) fibrous form which is available in three (3) species: clinochrysotile the parachrysotile and orthochrysotile. It represents 94 % of world asbestos market.

GROUPS OF AMPHIBOLE

Straight fibers> amphibole asbestos or blue / brown / green include five (5) fibrous forms, crocidolite, amosite, tremolite, actinolite and anthophyllite. They represent 6% of the global market and are present in 50% of vermiculite. Asbestos is the generic name for a variety of fibrous minerals found naturally in rock formations around the world. Because asbestos fibers are strong, durable, and flame retardants, they have been widely used in industry, mainly in the construction and friction materials. The Commercial asbestos fibers belong to two main mineralogical groups: serpentine (chrysotile) and amphibole (tremolite, actinolite and others).

Amphibole asbestos often contains more iron and resists acid and at very high temperatures; this is why it has been widely used in industrial furnaces and heating systems. However, when inhaled, the amphibole fibers remain in the lungs longer than chrysotile fibers. They are therefore likely to inflict damage and cause diseases including cancer. Amphibole asbestos have the therefore been subject to stringent controls and were largely replaced. Chrysotile is the only serpentine asbestos present in almost all asbestos products on the market today and it is the form of asbestos most exploited. The structure and chemical composition of chrysotile differ amphibole. It is generally known that chrysotile asbestos is less powerful and has fewer side effects on health than amphibole. Because there is a risk of accumulation should be avoided which gathers dust (wall rugs, heavy curtains, non-washable stuffed animals). The asbestos content of a product does not necessarily indicate a health risk. If the asbestos fibers are encapsulated or strongly linked in a matrix, the risk of breathing is minimal. The main problem lies in the amphibole asbestos fiber type called "friable" (which come off easily) that were sprayed in buildings until the 1970s People working in construction, maintenance and renovation old buildings should take extra care in handling this asbestos.

The Vermiculite

vermiculite

Vermiculite is a mineral clay used primarily for loft insulation, commonly referred attic (attic), and granaries, but sometimes the material is also found in the walls or as sub-floor insulation. This insulating ore has a health hazard when it contains asbestos type "amphibole" which has volatile fibers. These remain longer in the lungs and consequently may cause damage and disease. Only a laboratory analysis of vermiculite samples to detect the presence of asbestos in this category.


Before buying, be careful! It is recommended to require an analysis of the insulating materials before carrying out a real estate transaction.

Vermiculite or Zonolite - do you know the difference? The popularized term Zonolite. The term vermiculite and Zonolite are confused. Vermiculite was mined in the 1960s in Libby, Montana under the trade name Zonolite. Mining operations at the Libby site were halted in 1990 as a result of asbestos-related problems. It has been used in more than 40 million homes in North America. Asbestos is the generic name for a host of fibrous minerals found naturally in rock formations around the world.

When inhaled, amphibole fibers stay longer in the lungs than chrysotile fibers. They are therefore likely to inflict damage and cause diseases, including cancer. Chrysotile is the only serpentine asbestos present in almost all asbestos products on the market today and is the most widely used form of asbestos.

Vermiculite is a clay mineral that is primarily used for the insulation of attics, commonly known as attics, and attics, but sometimes this material is also found in walls or as sub-floor insulation. This insulating ore is a health hazard when it contains amphibole-type asbestos that has volatile fibers. These stay longer in the lungs and, therefore, could cause damage and illness. Only a laboratory analysis of vermiculite samples can detect the presence of asbestos of this type. It is recommended to require an analysis of the insulating materials before carrying out a real estate transaction. You will be able to be well informed about the presence or absence of asbestos and, if the results are positive, you will know the kind and concentration.

Characterization of asbestos

asbestos

What if asbestos was present in your home or in the one you plan to buy? Asbestos has long been used as thermal insulation (Zonolite), acoustic and electrical. Since the mid-1980s, its use has been restricted and marked, given the impact of asbestos on health.

It's never too late to inspect your home to determine the composition materials that may contain asbestos or vermiculite. These analyzes are important in order to prevent the dispersion of asbestos fibers in the air before carrying out renovation or demolition work among others. In context. Asbestos has long been used as thermal, acoustic and electrical insulation. Many buildings in Quebec contain asbestos-containing materials. However, since the mid-1980s, its use has been restricted and marked, given the impact of asbestos on health.

AIRTESTS offers certified expertise in asbestos fiber research in asbestos-containing materials (MCA), materials that may contain asbestos (MSCA) and fiber counting services. Air suspension; zone conformity, 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.

Asbestos test and laboratory asbestos test


... And the result of your test is? Depending on the analytical method used for the asbestos test, a trace concentration result is equivalent to an asbestos concentration of at least 0.1%; therefore deemed to contain.


… Your turn now! If the tests are positive, you are obliged to take corrective measures, such as: Locking up the MSCA / MCA in a permanent work; Coat or impregnate MSCA / MCA with bonding material; Cover MSCA / MCA with fiber-tight material; Remove MSCA / MCA according to the protocols prescribed for this purpose.


Little reminder! MCA: materials containing asbestos MSCA: materials likely to contain asbestos

Asbestos fibers in the air

asbestos

It is important to reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos fibers for homeowner who may contain asbestos. A first step is to hire a professional to analyze the vermiculite present and materials that may contain asbestos BEFORE proceeding for any demolition work, renovations, remodeling ... So, if the results identify asbestos, specialists may be hired to get rid of contaminated materials. Asbestos products that are in good condition do not release fibers into the air. On the other hand, when the material is damaged whether it is a tear, crack or water-related damage it is important to be careful since the fibers can then be released.

Asbestos is serious!
When asbestos-containing materials are damaged, particles and asbestos fibers are spread in the ambient air. Being in a place where this type of operation is held is therefore a health risk. On the other hand, the crumbling of this kind of materials requires great strengths; since they are generally strong and resistant. Propagation may occur during repairs, renovations or demolition. To be harmful, the effects of asbestos on health must meet the following factors:

  • The duration of the exhibition;
  • Frequency of exposures
  • The effect combined with smoking;
  • The concentration of fibers in the air;
  • The size of inhaled asbestos fibers;
  • The combined effect of other contaminants;
  • The time elapsed since the first exposure.

The adverse effects of asbestos on health therefore go hand in hand with the degree of exposure to this mineral. But, the symptoms of the disease develop slowly, and it can happen several years after exposure before they occur. The air containing airborne asbestos fibers represents a real danger, because after inhalation, the lung tissue impregnates these asbestos fibers, drowns them, and this contamination can lead to serious consequences such as asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer. Asbestosis, although a non-cancerous disease, is degenerative. It is caused by asbestos fibers that constantly irritate lung tissue. Permanent scars form and interfere with breathing: the supply of oxygen in the blood suffers. There is no cure for this disease. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. Its tumors (or metastases) spread through the membrane that covers and protects most internal organs including the lungs and heart. The biggest cause of death from exposure to asbestos dust is lung cancer. A large majority of its victims come from asbestos workers: extractors, grinders and manufacturers.

And the environment?
Asbestos in the environment. Apart from the places where work is carried out, natural or transformed asbestos fibers are generally only present in very small quantities in soil, water and air. The air of rural areas has a concentration of asbestos about 10 times less than that of large cities or metropolises; which corresponds to a rate 1,000 times lower than the levels now accepted in jobs related to this industry. Exposure to such small concentrations of asbestos fibers makes environmental risks negligible. In the case of raw water, some sources of supply, as a result of natural erosion, may contain high levels of chrysotile asbestos fibers. There is no evidence that ingestion of these asbestos fibers is harmful to health, and conventional methods of water treatment greatly reduce their presence.