Vermiculite Spill



This vermiculite (insulation) spilled out of the wall in an Oak Bay heritage home (built 1879) when the cable company cut into the wall to move telephone and cable connections. The homeowner called us while he was gathering information on how best to proceed.

We sealed the entire area off with 2 layers of poly (as required) and used a large custom ‘glove bag’ enclosure to create a barrier, and to be able to access the spill safely. A large volume HEPA vacuum was used to create a negative air flow while the clean-up (water misting and wet wiping) work took place. The entire room was wiped down and HEPA vacuumed (to the point of obsession). As with any project a notice of project(NOP) was filed with WorkSafeBC: proper containment, air monitoring, PPE, final air clearances, and regulation waste disposal were all followed. These kinds of ‘spills’ can also happen when working with Cinder Block walls (always have a qualified person conduct a hazmat survey before starting any work).






About Jacob

Operations Manager at Canadian HAZ-MAT Environmental Ltd. Canadian Haz-mat Environmental is an independent Victoria BC based asbestos abatement company with a strong focus on education and improving public awareness of the dangers associated with asbestos. We support banning inappropriate uses of asbestos as a cause that pretty much anyone can get behind. We strongly believe Canada needs to build financial incentives (effective forms of subsidization) into the identification, abatement and disposal of asbestos from Canadian homes and businesses if we are to effectively address this problem.