Designated Substance

Designated Substances and other potentially hazardous building materials must be identified prior to any work being done that may disturb these materials and result in unnecessary exposure of workers and building occupants.

We will help ensure that you comply with local and provincial government regulations.

The Current List of Designated Substances Regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Labour Includes:

  1. Acrylonitrile
  2. Arsenic
  3. Asbestos
  4. Benzene
  5. Coke oven emissions
  6. Ethylene oxide
  1. Isocyanates
  2. Lead
  3. Mercury
  4. Silica
  5. Vinyl chloride

As per Canada’s regulations. The owner of the property is responsible to provide the contractor with information regarding the presence of the designated substances.

Our Services Include:

  • Designated Substance Surveying
  • Control Programs
  • Sampling of Building Materials
  • Air Sampling
  • Tendering/Managing Contracts
  • Abatement Consultation
  • Expert Witness Services

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Asbestos Testing – The Law Requires It

Asbestos is a Designated Substance under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Ontario Regulation 278/05 – Designated Substance — Asbestos On Construction Projects And In Buildings And Repair Operations; January 2011),

Owners of commercial properties and residential complexes with 6 or more individual units along with any property owner planning renovations have certain responsibilities when it comes to the potential presence of asbestos on their properties. The new regulations can be found on the ministry website. If you own property that was built before the mid-1980’s, you need to know where your responsibilities lie.

If you do not think your employer is doing enough to protect you from asbestos, contact your provincial occupational health agency or The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), a national government-funded agency.