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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

Cannabis grow ops

Mold, ex grow ops of cannabis

Cannabis planting that can cause mold

Molds related to cannabis cultivation. Houses or commercial buildings used for illegal cannabis cultivation suffer severe mold damage.

Cannabis cultures vary in size and duration of operation, so the extent of damage is extremely different from one place to another, and decontamination needs are difficult to evaluate properly. In addition, even large mold contamination is not always visible to the naked eye. It must be remembered that an indoor fungal contamination, even if hidden, can make the occupants sick. AIRTESTS, through an in-depth investigation, is able to assess the situation and provide a comprehensive plan for the remediation and rehabilitation of places where indoor cannabis cultivation has been conducted.

In most cases, undesirable fungal contaminants (pathogens, irritants, toxins and/or allergens) found in places where cannabis has been grown are Aspergillus, Chaetomium and Stachybotrys; these have an important potential to put the hosts in poor health, sometimes even seriously ill.

ASPERGILLUS: Aspergillus is an opportunistic pathogen with about 20 species, the most common being are Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus niger. This is particularly problematic for people who have a fragility of the upper respiratory tract or the one who suffer from pathologies such as asthma and emphysema. Aspergillus fumigatus is an important pathogen to humans and is the most common cause of all forms of aspergillosis. While Aspergillus flavus is the second largest cause of human infections and is often associated with invasive aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients; especially observed during paranasal sinus infections. With its white color turning yellow and its black conidia, Aspergillus niger is one of the most common and easily identifiable species of the aspergillus genus. It is the third most common species associated with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. It is also often the cause of aspergillosis and is the most common agent in cases of otomycosis.

CHAETOMIUM: Chaetomium is a cosmopolitan fungal contaminant that can be found in soil or decomposing organic material, but is most commonly found on wood or gypsum paper. It is a common agent of onychomycosis, or cutaneous or cerebral infections in humans. There are, however, few confirmed cases of human Chaetomium infection. Chaetomium are part of a group of fungi that cause infections often referred to as phaeohyphomycosis or hyalohyphomycosis. Brain abscesses, peritonitis as well as cutaneous and subcutaneous lesions may develop. Onychomycosis, both on the feet and on the hands, can be exceptionally caused by Chaetomium species in persons whose immunity is normal. However, the full range of Chaetomium mycosis, including onychomycosis, sinusitis, empyema, pneumonia and fatal disseminated brain infection, is found in immunocompromised hosts. Several articles report cases of infections where Chaetomium are identified as opportunistic infectious agents. In one case review, Chatomnium globosum was the most commonly isolated species in a group of nine clinical cases of Chaetomium infections. The diagnosis of pulmonary fungal infections is difficult in the absence of confirmation by culture; therefore, cases of Chaetomium infections may have been misleadingly attributed to Aspergillus, since some diagnoses were based solely on clinical symptoms and histopathological examinations.

STACHYBOTRYS: The fungal contaminant Stachybotrys is predominantly found in indoor environments (general surfaces are paper, wood and cellulosic compounds). This fungus is known to cause mortality in farm animals after they have ingested contaminated feed. In humans, it is believed that this fungus could be involved in cases of poisoning following inhalation or dermal absorption of the toxins it produces. Since Stachybotrys spores are rarely airborne, they are more likely to be identified by direct sampling of a contaminated area by swabbing or tape sampling. Stachybotrys is of interest to health professionals for several reasons; In particular, it should be noted that it may be involved in the disease of unhealthy buildings as this mold contaminates buildings with mechanical design problems or construction problems, or buildings whose inadequate operational strategy leads to problems of chronic excess moisture. Stachybotrys chartarum is the subject of multiple scientific studies because of its potential role in health problems associated with poor air quality in mold-contaminated buildings. These health problems could be attributed to the powerful mycotoxins produced by certain strains of S. chartarum.

Mold, spores, fungi and yeasts test.

Molds, spores and fungi present in high concentrations in the air are harmful to health. The discovery of mold in your home can lead to important work. It then becomes essential to conduct an air quality test to ensure that there is no mold in the walls, under the floors, and in the attic before buying a property like This article from the Journal de Montréal tells the story of a couple whose new house is overgrown with mold.

There are several factors that can cause mold to grow in a home, among these are long-standing (often undetected) water infiltrations, combined with poor ventilation that prevents moisture from entering the home and evaporate properly. There are also several situations that are more conducive to the development of mold, which must be addressed at construction. Refer to this article for more details on the causes of mold.

An air quality test may be necessary to know the condition of the house before buying it. It is even more important to carry out this test when the house has had several problems of water infiltration. Another reason for conducting an air quality test before buying a home is when it was used for a cannabis plantation.

Mold, post remediation report

Post-decontamination work, a mold test is needed to validate the work

After having repaired the problem and after having remediated the premises. It is important to carry out an air quality test to ensure the conformity of the work BEFORE the reconstruction. This report also allow you to prove to the next buyer that the premises are healthy for habitation purposes. Post decontamination air tests are applicable for situations where there has been mold, bacteria and asbestos.