If you are not aware, generally all buildings that have asbestos containing materials (ACM), whether they are friable (readily crumbled) or non-friable, must have an Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) in place according to Ontario Regulation 278/05. In general, it states that an AMP will be provided where:
- the owner of a building treats material in the building, including insulation, fireproofing and ceiling tiles, as if it were asbestos-containing material;
- the owner of a building has been advised of the discovery of material that may be asbestos-containing material;
- the owner of a building knows or ought reasonably to know that asbestos-containing material has been used in a building including insulation, fireproofing and ceiling tiles;
- an examination established or would have established if carried out, that asbestos-containing material has been used in a building for any purpose related to the building, including insulation, fireproofing and ceiling tiles; or
- a constructor or employer advises the owner of a building of the discovery of material that may be asbestos-containing material .
Asbestos has serious health, safety & environmental issues related to it. Various cancers and lung diseases have been associated with asbestos. If you are buying a building that has or you suspect has ACM, we recommend that you request an AMP from the owners / vendors. The regulation applies to every project, building owner, and every constructor, employer and worker engaged in or on the project.
If asbestos has been removed at some point from a home / building, we recommend you ascertain if this work was carried out correctly. If there is asbestos present in a building, contractors doing work in it may not work in that environment and require that their safety is protected or request the removal of the hazardous materials. If present, remedial action may be required that can be costly in some instances, for example, based on the quantities present, its’ location, etc.
In the event of a fire for example, any ACM might taint other building materials in the aftermath making the clean up / remediation work one which must deal with a contaminated site of hazardous materials. Some insurance companies may limit or refuse to provide coverage on home / buildings with asbestos, or they may require additional / higher premiums, modifications, and/or further inspections / testing.