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Occupational Hygiene

We’ve conducted hazardous building material assessments throughout western Canada in buildings constructed prior to the mid-’80s that may have materials identified as potentially hazardous to occupants and contractors. 

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Aging Building Assessments in Western Canada

Buildings or structures built prior to the mid-80s often contain potentially hazardous materials. Our team will conduct assessments to confirm the presence of hazardous materials by conducting a thorough inspection and/or sampling process, to identify typical hazardous materials such as: 

  • Asbestos 
  • Lead paint (interior/exterior) 
  • Lead pipe water distribution 
  • Mercury (thermostats, fluorescent lighting) 
  • PCBs (transformers) 
  • Mold
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Abatement Monitoring

We gather samples and investigate areas for asbestos, radon, and mold. 

Asbestos is mostly found in boiler rooms and piping insulation, cement products, floor coverings, and ceiling tiles. Asbestos-containing building materials (ACBMs) contain microscopic fibers that are hazardous when airborne, usually from damage. If identified prior to renovations, an asbestos air monitoring and abatement plan must be implemented to properly protect occupants and workers and to ensure the proper disposal of materials. 

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Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas – produced by the natural breakdown of uranium found in concrete, brick, stone, and soil. Exposure to high levels of radon can be hazardous to human health. Nichols has implemented radon testing programs, long and short-term, across Western Canada. 

Mold is often a result of poor ventilation, flooding, or building leaks such as damp basements, on bathroom surfaces, against exterior walls, or on window frames. Mold can present as a simple, short-term allergen or can escalate to long-term respiratory disease. When mold is discovered, an abatement program should be undertaken by accredited contractors. Nichols will oversee mold abatement programs, which should include engineered controls, proper methods, personal protective equipment, and waste handling/disposal procedures that protect occupants and contractors. 

Commercial and Industrial Air Quality Testing in Alberta

Accessing commercial/industrial indoor air quality (IAQ), Nichols uses air sample collections to identify potential hazards such as: 

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 
  • Particle matter (dust, silica)
  • Welding gases
  • Mold spores
  • Asbestos
  • Radon
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Choose Nichols for Hazardous Building Materials Management

Nichols is your trusted partner in managing hazardous building materials. With our expertise and dedication to your project’s success, we go beyond simple compliance measures. We are committed to keeping your team safe, promoting sustainability, and ensuring optimal project outcomes. 

We offer comprehensive services, including radon management, asbestos abatement air monitoring, commercial air quality testing and more. Our team of experts utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and follows rigorous protocols to assess and monitor risks in older buildings, ensuring the safety and well-being of your occupants.

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  • Edmonton, AB
  • Calgary, AB
  • Saskatoon, SK

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