Heating duct-work & Furnaces – Duct wrapping materials may be largely made of Asbestos. As it starts to break down, Asbestos fibers are blown into the home or office and can be inhaled.
Plumbing – Pipes may be wrapped with Asbestos.
Electrical Wiring – Older wires may be covered with Asbestos which was used as an insulating material.
Attics & Cinder block Walls – Asbestos containing vermiculite was widely used as an insulation material.
Walls & Ceilings – May contain asbestos material in the drywall joint compounds or ceiling stipple.
Flooring – Vinyl floor tiles and sheet linoleum may contain asbestos. DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. will provide inspection and consulting services necessary to answer the questions about Asbestos within your facility or building.
DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. offers the “Occupational Health and Safety – Asbestos Worker Certification Course”.
Moisture assessments may include;
Hygrometer or related humidity monitoring
Mould Assessment Services
There are many types of indoor moulds such as Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus and Alternaria. Black or Toxic mould known as Stachybotrys can produce compounds that have toxic properties known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can appear in both living and dead mould spores. When the mould dies and dries, air movement can cause spores to become airborne. Stachybotrys can grow on wood, fiberboard, drywall, paper, dust and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture present such as water damage, high humidity levels, condensation and flooding.
All types of mould can create health concerns and structure hazards throughout a home, office or building. Moisture sources including building envelop failures, leakage issues or occupant based moisture problems may contribute to mould development within a building.
Everyone is at risk. Those that are in a higher risk category are;
People who suffer from respiratory problems
People with allergies or asthma
Mould symptoms include:
Runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes
Skin rash or itching
DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. will assess, analyze and report on your home, office or building during our comprehensive assessments which include;
Visual inspections for sources of mould
Analytical sampling for source and health impact potential from spore exposure
All supplied breathing air samples are submitted to a local, “Standards Council of Canada” Accredited Laboratory for analysis. Breathing Air Analysis results are then provided by DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. in a concise report that indicates the sample’s conformance or non-conformance to the requirements of the standard.
DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. has over 14 years experience in providing onsite compressed breathing air sampling assessments in Alberta. We provide our clients with professionally trained & certified air quality consultants to perform independent sampling for industrial and commercial users of supplied breathing air systems. All of which, is with the intent to ensure purity and safety for the painting, coating applicator and sandblasting worker found in your workplaces.
As it is required by the Alberta Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act, Regulation and Code (2009) Part 18; Personal Protective Equipment, Section 249; Quality of Breathing Air, the analysis of Compressed Breathing Air is to meet the requirements of Table 1 of the CSA Standard CAN3-Z180.1-13. It is also noted in Section 15.2.2 of CAN3-Z180.1-13, which a sample of compressed breathing air produced and delivered by a compressed breathing air system shall be collected and analysed at least once every 6 months.
These processes may include;
Process related-Welding, gouging, grinding/cutting, painting, sand or abrasive blasting, electroplating, noise exposure, compressed breathing air, confined space monitoring.
Function related–exposure to exhaust gases introduced into the workplace from exhaust systems, folk lift activity and other vehicle activity.
Not only are our consultants able to answer the direct questions pertaining to exposure but also indirect considerations or secondary sources created during the processes. By understanding the process and spin-off effects, sampling strategies can be developed more cost effectively and directed to answer the necessary questions.
DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. will also evaluate the facility, the collected data and all pertinent information to aid in solutions to problems where they may exist.
Building Envelop studies have evolved of the past numbers of years around the concerns of water leakage into buildings causing significant damage to the overall structure and extensive repair costs.
Moisture Monitoring, Thermal Image Scanning, Pressure decay testing along with physical inspection of a building are some inspection methods utilized in Building Envelop Studies. These inspections can aid building owners, property managers, risk management individuals along with other interested parties in understating potential factors that may negatively impact the integrity of the building envelop.
Our President, Dennis French, was asked to participate in the 2013 Leaders of Tomorrow awards this past June. Overall enthusiastic responses from the event strengthens our resolve to continue to recognize business owners who are truely making Calgary and Alberta a great place to live and work.
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