Hazardous Materials Management ServicesOntario Environmental & Safety Network Ltd.
OESN’s Hazardous Materials Group offers a full range of services capable of providing efficient, cost effective solutions to hazardous material issues and health concerns.
OESN has provided hazardous material consulting to numerous client sectors throughout Canada and the United States.
Our team of engineers, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists and specialists are dedicated to providing clients with expedient, efficient, and cost effective solutions to hazardous material issues. We also offer training courses in asbestos, lead and mould awareness, worker training and management control operations.
Hazardous Material Services Include:
- Designated substances surveys
- Asbestos building materials surveys
- Mould assessments
- Investigations of residential, office, and industrial sites
- Assessments for individual hazardous substances, such as PCBs, lead, mercury, isocyanates, ozone-depleting substances and UFFI
Hazardous Material Surveys
OESN conducts hazardous material investigations for clients to identify regulated or controlled materials which require special consideration with respect to federal, state and provincial regulations with respect to disposal as waste material.
A typical hazardous material survey includes a room-by-room assessment of the building/facility for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, mould, lead, mercury, silica, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), radon, electromagnetic radiation, and urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI).
Hazardous Material Operations and Maintenance Programs
When hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead and mercury are present in your building, an operation and maintenance (O&M) program should be developed (where not specifically regulated) to properly manage the hazards on site. OESN has been developing O&M programs for clients from the financial industry to the industrial industry for over 10 years. All O&M programs are custom designed to meet the specific requirements of the facilities and include work procedures for properly managing the hazards in your building.
Designated Substance Assessments
Designated Substance Surveys include visual assessments and sampling for all Designated Substances as listed under the Canadian Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Acts, and the United States of America Environmental Protection Agency. OESN will also establish and implement client-specific Designated Substance Assessments to include substances outside of the scope of designated substances, but that may still be considered dangerous materials, chemicals, and/or biological contaminants. OESN has the expertise to provide management, control, and removal of designated substances once they have been identified.
Polychlorinated Biphenyl Surveys and Management Plans
PCB surveys determine the original age of the building and any additions, consisting of a visual assessment of lamp ballasts and dielectric fluid-containing equipment.
OESN compares lamp ballasts to Environment Canada’s, “Identification of Lamp Ballasts Containing PCBs”. OESN will examine dielectric fluid-filled equipment for identification or sample to determine PCB content.
OESN will prepare a report detailing the PCB assessment, any sample locations, the analytical data, floor plans, and an assessment with recommendations for management of the PCBs.
OESN can prepare PCB Management Plans on how to deal with the presence of PCBs on-site. The management plan may include employee PCB awareness, health and safety issues, hygiene, and building management practices.
OESN can assist in the initiating or auditing of a short-term PCB storage room and can arrange for the removal of PCB wastes for destruction and the decommissioning of the short-term PCB storage room.