The asbestos certificate is a way to show your home is free of asbestos and that it has been inspected by the asbestos regulatory body.
The certificate is issued by a health-related professional.
If your home does not have asbestos and has been assessed by a certified inspector for the asbestos content of the soil and the surrounding environment, the certificate will show that the asbestos is removed from the premises.
If you are applying for a certified certificate to remove asbestos from your home, it is important to note that there is no guarantee that the certificate is valid.
“We recommend you get a certificate for all your properties, even if they don’t have asbestos,” said Dr Jennifer Jagger, an asbestos expert at the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Health and Community Safety.
You may need to provide additional information to show that you have received the certificate.
“If the home has been deemed safe, you should be able to apply for a certificate and obtain one within a month of receiving the certificate,” said Jagger.
You can check if your home has asbestos content on the Health Canada website.
If the inspector found that your home had asbestos content, they will provide you with a certificate, along with information on the inspections.
If it’s the second inspection, you can request a certificate from Health Canada for the inspection completed before that date.
If they have not done a second inspection within the past 10 years, you will be given a certificate to show you have complied with the asbestos regulations.
If a second or third inspection is conducted within the next year, the inspector will notify you.
If Health Canada decides to require a second certification, the application will be processed on a case-by-case basis, said Jagan.
If, after the second certificate, the Health Department does not recommend that your house is deemed safe for asbestos removal, you’ll need to apply again.
If there is a gap in your history, the department will contact you to let you know if the certificate needs to be renewed.
If asbestos removal is required in your home and the certificate shows that you had asbestos removal before, the inspection will take place again.
The asbestos removal certificate is for the last 10 years or if you have had the asbestos removal at least once.
If an inspector finds asbestos in your house, they’ll send a copy of the certificate to you, along, along.
It may take two weeks to receive a certificate.
The inspector will contact your home manager and ask for further information, including whether you have submitted a new certificate for the previous inspection.
If required, you may be required to complete an asbestos survey.
“This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the inspector’s time,” said the Ottawa asbestos specialist.
If any asbestos material is found in your asbestos removal site, the asbestos certificate will be cancelled.
If all asbestos is cleared, you’re expected to provide a report with the results.
“The report will show where and how the asbestos was removed and that all the necessary work was done,” said Daphne Strahl, an Ottawa asbestos expert.
“Once the report is received, it will be reviewed and, if required, the report will be returned to the inspector.”
If you do not provide the report, your certificate will not be renewed, and your home will be deemed unsafe for asbestos.
If necessary, you could have to submit an application for a new asbestos certificate.
In the past, the province has required a report for every asbestos removal in a house.
However, this requirement is no longer in effect.
If in the past the province required a certification for every single asbestos removal for your home for the next 10 years to ensure safe management, that is no more.
“Now, if a home has a high concentration of asbestos, there’s no requirement for a report, because that’s not going to happen anymore,” said Strahn.
If this is the case for your property, the best advice is to keep your asbestos level low.
“You’re not going get the same results as if you were doing a standard asbestos survey, and then you’d get the results,” said Burt.
“But if you do the standard survey, then you’ll have a better chance of getting the results.”
If your asbestos content is lower than the provincial guidelines, you might be able go through with the certification and not have to worry about a new inspection.
“A lot of homes that have a low level of asbestos are not as susceptible to asbestos, because their level is so low,” said Janne Stahl, an Ontario asbestos expert and the author of The Guide to Asbestos-Free Homes.
“They’re just not that susceptible to the problem.”
If a certified inspection finds that your asbestos levels are below the provincial guideline, the home will need to be inspected again.
“At this point, it’s very likely that if you haven’t had the inspection in the last five years, that you’ll be required for a second one,” said