Asbestos

Asbestos is commonly found in a variety of building materials used in industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings constructed prior to the early 1980s. Long-term exposure to airborne asbestos fibres has been linked to serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.


It is important to determine if Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are present in a building, especially prior to a renovation or demolition, or as due diligence for a purchase and sale.


Fisher Laboratories is CALA-accredited to test for Asbestos can provide accurate, reliable results in:

  • 2 days (regular)*
  • 1 day (rush)*


*Pricing varies for regular and rush results. Bulk pricing is available. Contact us for details.


We are conveniently located at Steeles and Pharmacy (near the 404). Lab hours are M-F 9-5. Samples can be dropped off after-hours in our drop box at 400 Esna Park Drive #15, Markham – but please complete and attach a Chain of Custody form to your sample(s).


How to submit a sample for Asbestos testing:


1. Print & Complete Chain of Custody - Asbestos form

2. Place sample in new, dry Ziploc bag**.

3. Deliver, mail or courier the sample(s) with the completed Chain of Custody form to our Lab:

          Fisher Labs

          15-400 Esna Park Drive

          Markham, ON L3R 3K2


**Fisher Labs recommends property owners use a qualified professional to obtain samples of suspected asbestos containing materials.

Need assistance in collecting samples?

Fisher Labs can arrange to have a technician to come to your location to collect samples for lab analysis. For more information contact us today at 905-475-7755.




About Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was has been used by humans for over 4000 years, and was commonly used in many building materials in Canada for over 50 years.


Although Asbestos possesses many qualities such as resistance to heat, chemicals and wear, studies have shown that prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.


As a result, Asbestos was banned for use in virtually all building materials in Canada in the early 1980s. In Ontario, Asbestos is regulated as a “Designated Substance” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


Finding Asbestos Containing Materials in buildings built before the early 1980s is very common. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) identified the following building components that are known to contain asbestos:

  • Loose-fill vermiculite insulation
  • Vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring
  • Acoustical ceiling tiles, wallboard and plaster
  • Clapboard; shingles and felt for roofing
  • Exterior siding
  • Pipe and boiler coverings
  • Adhesives such as caulk, putty, roof patching, furnace cement


Canadian Environmental Law Association: Asbestos FAQ’s (January 2012)


Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation: About Your Home: Asbestos


Ontario Ministry of Labour: Asbestos FAQ’s

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