Vermiculite is a mica-like mineral that was used as insulation in many houses and commercial buildings (sometimes marketed as “zonolite”) between 1920 and the early 1990s. When heated, it expands like “popcorn” into a loose, lightweight material that is absorbent, fireproof, and a good insulator. Much of this vermiculite contained some asbestos when it was originally mined.
Under no circumstances should you attempt to remove or disturb vermiculite insulation. Vermiculite removal should be carried out by an experienced contractor trained in its safe removal. Our experts are fully certified in Asbestos Testing & Asbestos Removal in the cities of Vancouver, Surrey & Coquitlam
Anyone who repairs, renovates, or demolishes older buildings in B.C. is at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers. Found in dozens of items in older buildings, asbestos breaks down into small fibers as it ages or when it is disturbed. Touching or moving it releases the fibers into the air, where they can linger for hours.
Workers with the highest risk of breathing the fibers include:
Breathing in asbestos fibers damages your lungs, causing serious health problems. These include:
People exposed to asbestos won't develop illnesses right away. It takes years for your health to suffer. Research shows that smokers who inhale asbestos fibers greatly increase their risk of lung cancer.
Never assume a building material is free of asbestos. You can't tell just by looking at it. If you suspect asbestos is present, stop work immediately and have a qualified asbestos professional complete an asbestos survey.
If asbestos is found, the law requires employers to hire a qualified abatement contractor to remove it. A qualified person must also certify that the worksite air is safe, following the completion of the asbestos removal work. A notice of project must be submitted to WorkSafeBC for all asbestos work.
During the 20th century, American industries used many types of asbestos products for construction, manufacturing and chemical refining. Asbestos products are still commonly used in developing nations such as Russia, China, India and Mexico.
Common Types of Asbestos Products:
Other Products That Have Contained Asbestos
To reduce the potential for injury or disease, you need to control the risks and hazards in your workplace.
The most effective way to manage the risk of exposure to asbestos is to eliminate the source of exposure. If that's not possible, there are other risk controls to use. When choosing risk controls, start by asking yourself the questions in the following steps, listed in order of effectiveness. See our resources for more information.
Elimination or substitution- Eliminating the asbestos hazard by substituting a safer material, where possible, is the most effective control. For example:
Engineering controls- Making physical modifications to facilities, equipment, and processes can reduce exposure. Some questions to consider:
Administrative controls- Changing work practices and work policies, awareness tools, and training can limit the risk of asbestos exposure. Some questions to consider:
Personal protective equipment- This is the least effective control. It must always be used in addition to at least one other control. Personal protective equipment must always be used when working with asbestos. Some questions to consider:
Prior to renovating or demolishing a pre-1991 building, the owner (or builder) is legally obligated to retain a qualified person to perform a risk assessment and asbestos survey before conducting work where asbestos may be disturbed. Attempting to do this on your own is not only dangerous but could potentially end up costing you more than having it done by a professional. Ask questions and know your limitations.
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