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Pre-Construction Designated Substances and Hazardous Materials Assessments. Guideline for Construction, Renovation and Demolition Projects.

In March 2021, EACO released this guideline which was developed for understanding responsibilities involving designated substances and/or hazardous materials under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations prior to the start of a construction project. It provides a framework to improve worker safety in the general construction, abatement and demolition sectors before work starts, and provides information and procedures based on current legislation, the state of the sciences, industry best practices and practical experience.

Issued: March 2021


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Indoor Air Quality Guideline for Non-Industrial Workplaces

In July 2020, EACO released the “Indoor Air Quality Guideline for Non-Industrial Workplaces” which was prepared to assist employers, building owners, real estate management professionals, constructors, contractors, and workers to better understand typical indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. This includes an overview of industry best practices used in both the assessment of IAQ issues and preventative measures. It is written in the context of non-industrial workplaces, such as offices, schools, and commercial retail areas, and is primarily intended to address issues related to discomfort, irritation, or annoyance rather than health hazards associated with higher risks and potential exposures governed under regulated occupational exposure limits.

The guideline is intended to educate and inform those who need an introductory guide to resolve perceived IAQ concerns, and to prevent them from occurring.

Issued: July 2020


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Emerging and Existing Pathogen Cleaning - Best Practices for Environmental Professional Services

In March 2020, EACO released the guideline document "Emerging and Existing Pathogen  Cleaning - Best Practices for Environmental Professional Services" to offer environmental service providers the foundations to make informed decisions when responding to calls related to pathogens.

It is important to understand the EACO Guideline is NOT SPECIFICALLY INTENDED FOR
CoVID-19 but rather as a foundation document to assist a competent person in developing a scope of work following the completion of a site-specific risk assessment that considers multiple factors, including the pathogen of concern (particle size, severity/type of illness associated with infectious agent, primary exposure hazard/route of exposure, viability, transmission mode, etc.).

CoVID-19 Information:

*   Transmitted mainly via air droplets expelled during coughing or sneezing as well as touching surfaces contaminated with the virus then touching your eyes, nose or mouth
*   The virus may remain viable on a surface from a few hours to a few days (depending on the type of surface)
*   Currently only one sampling method is available in Ontario specifically for CoVID-19

Executive Summary of the Guideline

1.  Read the Guideline in its entirety
2.  Understand the risk - preventative, possible or confirmed
3.  Adjust the level of precautions to be followed based on the risk assessment
4.  Protect your workers using the appropriate personal protective equipment
5.  Protect the area/surrounding area based on the risk assessment
6.  Use appropriate DIN registered disinfectant to clean surfaces in the work area
7.  Apply disinfectant per manufacturer's recommendations
8.  Have a competent person oversee the work
9.  Consider post-cleaning testing based on the risk level
10. Conduct a post-cleaning assessment

EACO members are professional environmental scientists, engineers, consultants, contractors and suppliers. As the front-line people dealing with various hazardous materials on a daily basis; environmental assessment and response is our main focus.

Issued: April 2020


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EACO Vermiculite Guideline 2015

This guideline has been prepared to assist building owners, constructors, contractors, subcontractors and workers who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations to safely perform work activities involving vermiculite. Two key aspects of this document include the establishment procedures for the proper sampling and analysis of loose vermiculite and the development of work procedures for the removal of vermiculite from attics and block walls.

The guideline promotes safe work practices, the use of personal protective equipment, worker awareness and training and is based in a thorough review of the available guidance materials available through December 2014 and professional experience of the abatement industry.

We believe that this guideline will not only help employers fulfill their responsibility and due diligence under the OSHA but will assist them to better address the challenges involved with proper assessment and remediation of vermiculite in buildings.

Hardcopies are available at $5 per copy. Please contact Betty Quan.

Issued: January 2015


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EACO Lead Guideline For Construction, Renovation, Maintenance or Repair

This guideline has been prepared to assist building owners, constructors, contractors, subcontractors and workers who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations to safely perform work activities involving lead-paints and surface coatings and other lead-containing building materials. Two key aspects of this document include the establishment of a threshold level for lead in paint and classification of common work activates not defined in previous lead guidance documents.

The guideline promotes safe work practices, the use of personal protective equipment, worker awareness and training and is based in a thorough review of the available guidance materials available through August 2014 and professional experience of the abatement industry.

We believe that this guideline will not only help employers fulfill their responsibility and due diligence under the OSHA but will assist them to better address the challenges involved with proper assessment and remediation of lead in buildings.

Hardcopies are available at $5 per copy. Please contact Betty Quan.

Issued: October 2014


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EACO Guideline Hygiene Practices for Construction Workers and Infection Control 2020

This guideline has been prepared to assist building owners, building managers, constructors, contractors, subcontractors and workers, who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations, to safely perform work activities. The guideline promotes safe work practices, the use of personal protective equipment, worker awareness and training and is based on a thorough review of regulatory and guidance materials available to May 2020, as well as professional experience of the abatement and construction industry in Ontario.

We believe that this guideline will not only help employers fulfill their responsibilities and due diligence under the Occupational Health and Safety Act but will also assist them to better address the challenges involved with implementing the appropriate level of construction worker hygiene practices during abatement and construction activities.


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EACO DOP / PAO Testing Guideline 2013

The guideline promotes industry standards for training, equipment, and methodologies for HEPA filter integrity testing of negative air units, vacuums and any other HEPA filtered equipment on abatement and remediation projects. This guideline is considered a recommended industry standard procedure that can be utilized for testing the efficiency of HEPA filtered equipment used in the control of hazardous materials.


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EACO Mould Abatement Guidelines

This guideline has been prepared to assist building owners, constructors, contractors, subcontractors and workers who have duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations to safely perform work activities involving Mould (Microbial) Abatement and Remediation.

The guideline promotes safe work practices, the use of personal protective equipment, worker awareness and training and is based in a thorough review of the available guidance materials available through November 2003 and professional experience of the abatement industry.

We believe that this guideline will not only help employers fulfill their responsibility and due diligence under the OSHA but will assist them to better address the challenges involved with proper assessment and remediation of Mould (microbial) contamination in buildings.

Hardcopies are available at $5 per copy. Please contact Betty Quan.

Issued: April 2015


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EACO Mould Abatement Guidelines
MEMO: Asbestos – Containing Drywall Joint Filling Compound

The “EACO Mould Abatement Guideline 2004 Edition I” does not make any provisions for
handling mould contaminated drywall where the joint filling compounds that are asbestos –
containing materials may have been used. For the abatement of mould-contaminated drywall,
EACO recommends ensuring that mould abatement is conducted not only in accordance with the
mould abatement guidelines but also in accordance with the requirements of Ontario Regulation
278/05.


 

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