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Designated Substance Program

A routine MOL investigation identified that a mid-sized manufacturing site had not assessed its operation for designated substances under O. Reg 490, and that 4 of the 11 designated substances in Ontario were present either as part of the building envelop (asbestos, lead), materials used in their process (silica), or in the equipment (mercury).

EKG conducted designated assessment surveys for each of the materials. Inventories, locations, pathways, disposal. Materials such as insulation(asbestos) were tested to verify the presence of ACM’s in accordance with O. Reg 278/05, assessed for condition, and where damaged and posing a health risk identified for remediation. Paint containing lead was found in a portion of the facility that was +70 years old, its condition was deteriorating and EKG recommended its removal using guidelines from the Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario.  Silica used in the process was identified as crystalline silica (Quartz), is part of the water treatment process to remove oils from process water. Airborne silica testing failed to identify levels of concern. Mercury was identified in older equipment serving as relays and flame sensor switches. EKG recommended the removal of these switches.

EKG delivered all documentation including risk assessments, inventory reports, drawings, and designated substance plans as required under O. Reg 490.

This project was completed under a tight timeline due to a MOL order.  EKG delivered all documentation including risk assessments, inventory reports, drawings, and designated substance plans as required under O. Reg 490. The client removed a significant amount of asbestos, lead based paint, and their mercury switches immediately, with EKG monitoring the 3rd party remediation contractors performing the work. The facility continues to reduce the inventories of remaining designated substances using the EKG baseline report. EKG annually updates these site plans as required by the regulation, and provides awareness training for the site personnel.

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