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Asbestos Discovered During Building Demolition in Orillia

Mississauga, ON – WEBWIRE

Last month, Bayshore Broadcasting published a report about new developments with the demolition of the former Hillcrest Public School in Orillia, Canada.  According to the article, asbestos has been discovered and additional funds have been approved to have it safely removed.  The structure is being demolished to make way for the construction of a new playground and park.

For many years, asbestos was added to a number of common building materials to increase their strength and durability, and to provide insulating and fireproofing properties.  Many older buildings across Canada still have materials that contain asbestos in them.  Some of the many materials that may contain asbestos in older structures include:

  • Attic and wall insulation containing vermiculite
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring
  • Adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on walls and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnace insulation and door gaskets
  • Heat-resistant fabrics

“When asbestos-containing materials age or are disturbed, they can become friable and asbestos fibers can become airborne,” said Ed Cahill, Vice President, Asbestos Division at EMSL Analytical, one of the largest asbestos testing laboratories in North America. “During remodeling and demolition activities, such as at the former Hillcrest Public School, these materials can be easily disturbed and become airborne.  If not properly handled, these fibers can pose a threat to workers and other building occupants and in this situation could have created a hazard in the soil of the new playground and park if the asbestos had not been identified and properly managed.”

EMSL has two laboratories in Canada and dozens strategically located across the United States that provide testing services.  To learn more about testing for asbestos or other environmental, health and safety issues, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .

About EMSL Canada, Inc.
EMSL Canada is an internationally recognized provider of environmental, indoor air quality and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 

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