2020-09-18

Multifunctional and inexpensive, asbestos was very often used as a thermal and sound insulator a few decades ago. This is why this mineral material is still present in many houses, schools and buildings built in the last century.

It is now known that airborne asbestos fibres can cause serious respiratory problems for those around. Most contractors will therefore take precautions to ensure that employees and occupants are not exposed to asbestos dust during construction and renovation work involving the removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACM).

Once it has been removed, asbestos waste also needs to be safely disposed of to protect the community. Find out how to dispose of asbestos.
 

Properly identify and isolate asbestos-containing waste

As mentioned in article 3.23.10 of the Safety Code for the construction industry (SCCI), before you consider sending your construction waste to a landfill, it is important to separate ACM and non-ACM.

During work, debris of materials containing asbestos shall be placed in airtight containers appropriate to the type of debris, regularly during the work shift and at the end of the work shift. Debris shall be removed by means of a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high-efficiency filter or by wetting the debris before it is removed.

The containers shall be placed in such a way as to cause no inconvenience.

Where work is being carried out outside, the employer shall also prevent the dispersal of the debris of materials containing asbestos by using airtight film or any other equivalent means.

Article 3.23.13 of the SCCI also mentions the following:

A label must be affixed to any receptacle containing asbestos materials, whether new or used, unless the receptacle has already been labelled by a supplier in accordance with the Hazardous Products Regulations.

The label must be permanently affixed and legible and must bear the following indications:

  • Material containing asbestos
  • Toxic by inhalation
  • Keep container tightly closed
  • Do not breathe the dust

Dispose of ACM in a certified landfill site

Once ACMs have been placed in well-identified, sealed containers, they can be disposed of in a landfill site. 

Before going to the nearest landfill site, make sure the transportation of ACM is done in compliance with the Ministère des Transports du Québec’s Transportation of Dangerous Substances Regulation. You may need to have your waste transported by a company with a transportation of dangerous substances licence

Keep in mind that many landfill sites do not accept this type of dangerous good.  You will need to choose a certified site with special authorization to dispose of asbestos-containing waste such as:

  • Slabs or floor coverings
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Mortars, glues, coatings, mastics, joints, paints, bitumen, etc.
  • Asbestos-based insulation and flocking which is also used to insulate ducts, conduits, pipes, ceilings and partitions

Leave your asbestos-containing waste to EBI Enviro Urgence for peace of mind

This article may have made you realize that asbestos is a serious matter. Hazardous waste management should therefore be done in full compliance with regulations to avoid fines and limit health risks.

If you need to dispose of ACM safely and properly, do not take chances and leave the job to EBI Enviro Urgence. Our team specialized in emergency spill response and industrial cleaning has all the necessary accreditations and skills and can offer a customized solution.

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