Suspect hazardous materials in buildings are identified, and sampled in accordance with ASTM standards, applicable hazardous materials sampling guidelines, and WorkSafe BC “Safe Handling of Asbestos” guidelines for conducting bulk sampling.
Bulk asbestos sample results are typically provided within 24 hours. Lead and other heavy metals require a minimum of 48 hours turn around time.
Upon completion of analysis at an AIHA certified lab a written report is provided to clients.
Hazardous Materials We Assess
Antiquity provides a full range of hazardous materials assessments including the sampling for:
Asbestos can be found in old homes and buildings that were built before asbestos was considered a hazardous material. Asbestos was widely used in insulation materials and old car brake drums. It can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath increases over time, coughing, increased sputum, weight loss, chest pain, hoarseness, and coughing up blood.
Mould can be found where humidity levels are high, for instance, in basements or showers. Mould can cause symptoms such as nasal congestion, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath.
Traces of PCB’s can be found in soil, water or the air and should be tested for by a professional.
Adverse health effects include a severe form of acne (chloracne), swelling of the upper eyelids, discolouring of the nails and skin, numbness in the arms and/or legs, weakness, muscle spasms, chronic bronchitis, and problems related to the nervous system.
Traces of PCB’s can be found in soil, water, or the air. PBC’s should be tested by a professional.
Adverse health effects include a severe form of acne (chloracne), swelling of the upper eyelids, discolouring of the nails and skin, numbness in the arms and/or legs, weakness, muscle spasms, chronic bronchitis, and problems related to the nervous system. PCB’s have also been found to have carcinogenic effects after long periods of exposure.
Mercury can be released from a range of natural sources like volcanoes, soils, undersea vents, and forest fires. It can be found in freshwater lakes, rivers, and oceans. Mercury is leached from flooded soil, which makes its way into our water supply and consequently our food.
A child’s developing nervous system is particularly sensitive to methyl mercury. Depending on the level of exposure, the effects can include a decrease in I.Q., delays in walking and talking, lack of coordination, blindness, and seizures. In adults, extreme exposure can lead to health effects such as personality changes, tremors, changes in vision, deafness, loss of muscle coordination and sensation, memory loss, intellectual impairment, and even death.
Lead can be found in house paints made prior to 1978, toys and furniture painted prior to 1976, painted toys and decorations made outside the US, lead bullets, fishing sinkers, curtain weights, plumbing pipes and faucets, solder, contaminated soil, pewter dinnerware and storage batteries.
Symptoms of lead poisoning can include abdominal pain and cramping, aggressive behaviour, anemia, constipation, difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritability, loss of previous developmental skills (in young children), low appetite and energy, and reduced sensations.
Radon is present in nearly all air. Everyone breathes radon in every day, usually at very low levels. Radon can enter homes through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations, and collect indoors. It can also be released from building materials, or from water obtained from wells that contain radon. Radon levels can be higher in homes that are well insulated, tightly sealed, and/or built on uranium-rich soil. Basements and first floors typically have the highest radon levels as they are close to the ground.
Exposure to high levels of Radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer.