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Jun

Designated Substance Programs

A routine MOL investigation identified that a mid-sized manufacturing site had not assessed its operation for designated substances under O. Reg 490. At present 4 of the 11 designated substances in Ontario were present either as part of the building envelope (asbestos, lead), materials used in their process (silica) or 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 by O. Reg 278/05, assessed for condition, and were damaged and posed a health risk identified for remediation. Lead paint found in a portion of the facility with its condition was deteriorating, and EKG recommended its removal using guidelines from the Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario. Silica used in the process contained 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 relays and switches in older equipment were also present. EKG recommended the removal of these switches.

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

This project delivered under a tight timeline due to a MOL order. EKG provided 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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