DESIGNATED SUBSTANCE SURVEY/REPORT
At The Healthy Abode Inc. we perform Designated Substance Surveys for owners, property managers, contractors and any other person or group who may require such a service in compliance with Ontario Regulation 490/09. We are fully insured and WSIB.
Our Designated Substance Surveys are Ministry of Labour approved. We area able to get you your final designated substance report in as little as 1 business day. Call for an estimate over the phone, 647-889-2254.
Initial Meeting over Phone: When you decide to call The Healthy Abode Inc. regarding a designated substance survey, we will knowledgeably answer all of your questions and provide you with a detailed account of our services, if requested.
Visual Inspection: If you and one of our certified inspectors agree that your home
requires a pre-renovation/pre-demolition Designated Substance Survey (DSS) or if
you have been required to have a designated substance survey by an Inspector from the Ministry of Labour (MOL), we will come to your home and perform a visual inspection. This is when we will establish which areas in your home need to be tested, if necessary.
Pre-Inspection Report: Before beginning the visual inspection we will sit down
with you and ask some important questions about your home as it pertains to having a designated substance survey (this is considered the pre-inspection report.)
Professional Sampling: The Healthy Abode Inc. is qualified to perform any type of
necessary sampling in your home. This includes the following sampling techniques
air, surface/bulk and dust sampling. For these procedures, we only perform the
necessary sampling and we only use professional equipment. For a designated substance survey we would be looking for and performing asbestos testing and lead testing; typically for these samples we use a bulk sampling method.
Sampling sent to a Certified Third Party Laboratory: We submit our sample(s)
to a third party laboratory the same day that they were taken from your home.
The turn around time for the lab is 4-5 business days for samples. All of our
samples for the designated substance survey are properly labeled and submitted with a Chain of Custody form, which allows us to trace possession of the sample from the point of collection to receipt from the lab. This maintains the integrity of your samples.
Written Report of the Results: The laboratory provides a detailed written report
of the samples taken from your home. It will identify the exact quantity of lead
and /or asbestos is in the sample (if any), which is required information for the designated substance survey.
In addition to the laboratory report, The Healthy Abode Inc. provides you with our designated substance survey report. This report is an inclusive 20+ page report written for the purpose of being submitted to an inspector from the MOL.
Verbal Explanation of the Reports: It is very important to us that you feel comfortable with both the laboratory and inspection designated substance survey reports. This is why we will discuss with you the results and explain them in a manner that satisfies your understanding. At this point we will answer any questions you may have including providing recommendations.
What is a Designated Substance?
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), ONTARIO REGULATION 490/09 DESIGNATED SUBSTANCES (O. Reg. 490/09), allows for certain toxic substances to be especially designated. This means that specific regulations have been constructed for the control of these substances in the workplace. There are eleven (11) designated substances deemed to be toxic and of particular concern. These eleven (11) designated substances are:
1. Acrylonitrile O. Reg. 835
2. Arsenic O. Reg. 836
3. Asbestos O. Reg. 278
4. Benzene O. Reg. 839
5. Coke Oven Emissions O. Reg. 840
6. Ethylene Oxide O. Reg. 841
7. Isocyanates O. Reg. 842
8. Lead O. Reg. 843
9. Mercury O. Reg. 844
10. Silica O. Reg. 845
11. Vinyl Chloride O. Reg. 846
Accordingly, each Designated Substance Regulation outlines the amount of the substance that a worker can be exposed to (Classification of Work, i.e. Type 1 Asbestos Operations), ways to control the substance, personal protective equipment required and other safety measures, and ways to measure the substance in a workplace.
Do I have to worry about all 11 Designated Substances on a Construction Site?
Only four (5) of the above mentioned Designated Substances are likely to be found on a construction site, namely asbestos, lead, silica, benzene and mercury.
Who’s responsibility is it to have a Designated Substance Survey performed?
In section 30 of the OHSA deals with the presence of designated substances on construction projects. Since silica, asbestos, lead, benzene and mercury are designated substances (O. Reg. 490/09), compliance with OHSA and its Regulations requires the owner of a project to determine if silica, asbestos, mercury, benzene and/or lead is present on a project through a designated substance survey and, if it is, to so inform all potential contractors as part of the bidding process. In a similar way, contractors who receive this information are to pass it onto other contractors and subcontractors who are bidding for work on the project. If the owner or any contractor fails to comply with this requirement, whey will be liable of any loss or damages that result from a contractor subsequently discovering that silica, asbestos, mercury, benzene and/or lead is present.
Additionally, the OHSA sets out, in very general terms, the duties of employers and others to protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job. These duties include:
- taking all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of workers [clause 25(2)(h)]
- ensuring that equipment, materials and protective equipment are maintained in good condition [clause 25(1)(b)]
- providing information, instruction and supervision to protect worker health and safety [clause 25(2)(a)]
- acquainting a worker or a person in authority over a worker with any hazard in the work and in the handling, storage, use, disposal and transport of any article, device, equipment or a biological, chemical or physical agent [clause 25(2)(d)].
What is a Designated Substance Survey (DSS)?
A Designated Substance Survey includes a visual inspection (walk-through) of the site, to identify the readily-accessible areas for the presence of designated substances used in building and construction materials and equipment. Accordingly, we assess the type, characteristics and condition of the building materials and when necessary samples of certain materials will be collected for subsequent laboratory analysis.
The result is a Designated Substance Survey (Assessment Report) that outlines materials of concern on the job site, lab analysis and results of materials tested, overall discussion of the materials (types, locations) found in the job site and conclusions/recommendations made according to these observations and testing.
What are “other Hazardous Materials”?
Many Designated Substance Surveys will also include inspections for other Hazardous Materials. Depending on the Scope of the Project, the site and the building itself, this may or may not be necessary. Other Hazardous Materials include:
1. Mold (Mould)
2. Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
3. Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODSs)
5. Electromagnetic Radiation
6. Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI)
These substances usually require special consideration due to legislation and waste disposal requirements. Thus in properly identifying these other Hazardous Materials on a project work site, work procedures and proper waste handling guidelines can be determined to minimize possible health and environmental impact.
** Pricing for Designated Substance Survey varies depending on factors that include size of building(s), age of building, proposed project and scope of work.
Please contact us for a Free Estimate at 647-889-2254