28
Aug
2015

Mould Myths Exposed

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The Internet has provided us with large amounts of information on the health effects of mould inhalation. Unfortunately, this means some of the information provided may not be accurate. Below are the top 5 common myths regarding mould and your family.     Mould Myth #1:  Black mould is the only toxic mould. The first issue with this statement is the fact that the term black mould is ambiguous. The term black mould usually refers to a specific mould spore (mould looks black in colour) called Stachybotrys, which does has toxic health effects. However, there are other species of mould…

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21
Aug
2015

When to Use an Industrial Hygienist

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When renovations or maintenance is performed on a building, a designated substance survey should be performed. This assessment will inspect all suspected hazardous substances within the property including lead, asbestos, silica and mercury. When a building is occupied with workers, the property manager must take specific measures to ensure the health and safety of his or her employees. In Ontario, Regulation 490/09 outlines the requirements to control exposure of workers to these substances. Regardless of the building’s age, it is beneficial to perform a survey. Most contractors will not begin a renovation/demo project without a designated substance survey completed. If…

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14
Aug
2015

Take Action Against Radon Gas

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No matter if your home is 50 years old or brand new, your property may emit high levels of radon gas. According to the World Health Organization, radon is the second most prominent cause of cancer. Homeowners can find research online that outlines through maps where radon emissions are higher. Although this is a good tool for researchers, this is not an accurate way to tell if radon is a problem in your home. In fact, home inspectors have found entirely different levels between homes on the same street. If you’re purchasing a home, it is best to seek a…

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Most prospective homeowners already have a plan or a rough idea of their perfectly designed basement. From children’s play areas to elaborate media rooms; basements have become one of the most highly demanded renovations.  This is evident through numerous renovation shows on HGTV geared towards dream basements. Yet due to its high investment, basement renovations can become a financial burden, especially when purchasing a home with an unfinished one. Most unfinished basements are made of up wide-open areas. Usually, there is access to the mechanical systems, such as furnaces, boilers and piping. Before starting a renovation, there are numerous elements…

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