Almost everyone knows that asbestos, which was once common in building and insulation materials, poses a significant health risk. In fact, even though asbestos was banned in North America late in the 1970s, there are still ongoing legal cases and health studies around its effects that continue today.
One effect that Calgary homeowners and business owners might not know, however, is that asbestos can still be a danger to themselves, their families, even their employees. To help you understand why, here are a few things we think you should know about Calgary asbestos inspections and removal:
First, that asbestos is still more common than most people think. Although it became illegal to use asbestos in Canada in 1978, a number of exceptions resulted in many builders using the substance until 1990. That means if your home or office is more than 20 years old, there is a chance that you might need Calgary asbestos removal.
Asbestos is actually the leading cause of work-related deaths. Roughly 35% of all work-related mortality stems from asbestos. That’s not just an incredibly huge number – and a larger one that most people think – but an important reminder of why you need to have any older building inspected.
It’s important that you choose the right Calgary asbestos removal service carefully.Removing asbestos isn’t as simple as taking it out and replacing it with better materials. A number of environmental and safety precautions need to be taken, both to ensure that asbestos removal technicians won’t get sick, and that the home or building will be safe to occupy afterwards. It’s critically important to have a team with the right training and certifications.