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Everything you need to know about the annual cooling tower information return (ITRE)

If you own a cooling tower (ITRE), don’t forget that you have certain obligations under Section VII: Provisions for the maintenance of a water-cooled cooling tower installation of the Building chapter of the Safety Code (CBCS). Since January 2018, the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), has been mailing you an information transmission form that you must return before the 1st st March. Here’s some relevant information to have on hand when completing your tax return. If one of our professionals has designed and signed off on your cooling tower maintenance program, you’ll need the following information: If our accredited laboratory carries out your microbiological analyses, you will need the following information: If you’re not a customer with us, you’ll need … Request a service IMPORTANT! To enable us to transmit your data efficiently to the Régie de Bâtiment du Québec, please make sure that the address of the facility that appears on your declaration is exactly the same as the one you indicate on your analysis requests. When addresses do not match, the RBQ automated system does not record your data when it is sent by the laboratory, and we do not receive any error messages. MAINTENANCE PROGRAM UPDATE So the reporting period for your cooling systems is a good time to review certain critical points of regulatory compliance… Do you have a maintenance program for your ITRE installations? A maintenance program signed by a member of a professional association must be available on the premises. Does your program include Legionella pneumophila test results for the last 2 years? Have any of the following situations occurred since you last updated your program? If you don’t meet any of the above criteria, your program needs to be revised! Don’t worry, we can help!

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Asbestos in Quebec’s road network

Since the tabling of the 2022-2025 action plan on asbestos and asbestos residues in Quebec, particular attention has been paid to the use of asbestos fibers in asphalt mixtures using recycled bitumen aggregates (RBA).

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Asbestos in Quebec’s road network

Since the tabling of the 2022-2025 action plan on asbestos and asbestos residues in Quebec, particular attention has been paid to the use of asbestos fibers in asphalt mixtures using recycled bitumen aggregates (RBA). As the use of asbestos began to decline sharply between 1970 and 1990, and Quebec found itself with piles of chrysotile residues and no buyers for its production, the focus was on promoting the safe use of asbestos. After years of discussion and laboratory testing, the use of chrysotile in bitumen became common practice in the 90s. As chrysotile asbestos is a highly resistant fibrous material, it enables significant reinforcement of the bitumen matrix. Also, as this mixture is “sticky” and essentially non-friable, it is relatively safe to use, at least for road users. However, as with demolition work in the building industry, it is work at the end of the material’s useful life that presents the greatest risk of exposure to asbestos fibers. The work involved is far more costly than it would be for conventional asphalt, and requires special measures to protect workers. For safety, performance and cost reasons, and due to advances in bitumen design technologies, the Ministry of Transport removed asbestos-containing mixes from its standards in 2011. The stakes remain high, however, since the new formulas still include a proportion of recycled products. These products must therefore be tested before being included in today’s blends. Plus… In addition to chrysotile, which is deliberately added to certain types of bitumen mixes because of its mechanical qualities, significant quantities of actinolite and/or tremolite (two other types of asbestos ore) can also be found in the aggregate. In this case, it’s a collateral occurrence to the addition of gravel. Since the Quebec subsoil is conducive to the presence of these types of minerals, the extraction of gravel from certain quarries also entails the removal of a certain quantity of asbestos in the form of actinolite or tremolite. The Bas-St-Laurent, Chaudière-Appalaches and surrounding regions are particularly at risk, given their proximity to major geological formations favorable to these minerals. Air samples taken in the vicinity of roadworks containing actinolite/tremolite-contaminated aggregates sometimes contain significant quantities of these asbestos fibers. However, as mentioned above, given the nature of the material, the risk of exposure to road users is considered negligible. Analysis of asbestos in GBR and asphalt mixes Asphalt mixes are often more difficult to analyze. The sticky nature of bitumen and the very low concentration of asbestos, around 0.1% in new asphalt mixes using recycled asbestos aggregates, make this a delicate operation. Recycled bitumen aggregates (GBR) analyzed at source contain around 1% asbestos and are easier to characterize. Lab’EAU-AIR-SOL has developed a specific bitumen sample preparation method to enhance test sensitivity at low asbestos concentrations. Trust us to analyze your aggregates! More on the subject : Mise à jour des connaissances sur l’utilisation de l’amiante dans les enrobés bitumineux, INSTITUT NATIONAL DE SANTÉ PUBLIQUE DU QUÉBEC : https://www.inspq.qc.ca/sites/default/files/publications/954_enrobes_bitumineux.pdf Exposure from roads with asbestos-containing bituminous mix, INSTITUT NATIONAL DE SANTÉ PUBLIQUE DU QUÉBEC : https://www.inspq.qc.ca/amiante/exposition-l-amiante-des-travailleurs-du-quebec/exposition-provenant-des-routes-avec-des-enrobes-bitumineux-contenant-de-l-amiante Enrobés additionnés de fibres d’amiante, Rapport sectoriel, MINISTÈRE DES TRANSPORTS, November 2019 : https://voute.bape.gouv.qc.ca/dl?id=00000115415

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Asbestos in Quebec’s road network

Asbestos in Quebec’s road network

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The Grand Rendez-vous santé et sécurité du travail

Lab’eau-air-sol will be present at the Grand Rendez-vous santé et sécurité du travail on November 7 and 8 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The event is totally free, so come and visit us!

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Opening of a new branch in Quebec City!

To better serve our customers, we recently opened a new Lab eau-air-sol branch in Quebec City. We offer all the same services as our Joliette branch. Visit us at 840 Raoul-Jobin Street, Suite 350, Quebec City

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Lab’Eau-Air-Sol at the Grand Rendez-Vous Santé et Sécurité du Travail

At the Grand Salon santé et sécurité du travail to be held on November 15 and 16 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, our experts will be on hand to inform people about our various occupational health and safety services. Come and meet us! To find out more about our services, click here.

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Corrective measures following the detection of legionella in a cooling tower

Here is an extract from the article published in Climapresse (CETAF). To read the full article, click here. To comply with the provisions of the regulation on water-cooled cooling tower installations, the owners of Quebec’s 1,700 or so cooling towers have had to meet several requirements concerning their facilities since 2014(Decree 454-2014). These new provisions were introduced following the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Quebec City in 2012. The outbreak resulted in 181 reported cases, including 14 fatalities. After several weeks of investigation, a link was established with a cooling tower in the Saint-Roch district. The authorities’ inability to identify the source of the outbreak was largely due to a lack of information about the cooling tower fleet. And let’s not forget the lack of control surrounding their management. Since the regulation came into force, towers must be registered with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec within 30 days of commissioning, and again on March1 of each year. The owner must also have a maintenance program drawn up by a professional. This program must contain the measures to be applied in order to limit the development of Legionella bacteria as far as possible.

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Flooding: beware of renovation fraud

While the Quebec government plans to pay out $400,000 a day to help flood victims, the Association des microbiologistes du Québec fears that some of this money will go to unscrupulous contractors who make false mold and fungus diagnoses to bilk their customers out of thousands of dollars. Without even carrying out the laboratory tests required for proper diagnosis, contractors with no microbiological expertise take advantage of people’s concerns to defraud them. In addition to paying for possibly unnecessary services, some customers may unknowingly end up with an unresolved contamination problem that could cause health problems. For more information, click here. Source: Association des microbiologistes du Québec

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Manitoba Potato Production Days 2017

At Manitoba Potato Production Days 2017, LAB’EAU-AIR-SOL was represented by Ms Sonia Desjardins, Director of Research and Development for the AIR program. Her mission was to inform our neighbors to the west about our agricultural fungal disease detection program. During her visit to the showroom, Ms. Desjardins had the opportunity to record a video describing the various services offered by the AIR program. This video can be found on YouTube as well as on the Spudsmart website, an agricultural information dissemination site. A number of wonderful encounters made this a most fruitful time for the team.

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