Three branches exist at BioVac System inc.: evaluation of indoor air quality in buildings, asbestos and mold decontamination, and manufacturing of duct cleaning and air purification equipment. Since 1999, occupational health and safety have been invaluable values for the company. However, a reoccurring problem caused technicians concern when performing sampling, or drilling of different materials such as wood, cement or gypsum. Indeed, dust emanated during these operations and deposited itself on materials likely to contain asbestos or other contaminants. Technicians had to wear the necessary protections as a result of dust dispersion leading to cross contamination. Consequently, technicians were at risk of breathing asbestos dust. To this issue, employees had to control the dust using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. The procedure was much more complex as employees had to carry a large number of equipment, and because two workers were required at all times: one had to hold the machine while the other was drilling the hole. "Through our health and safety committee, we analyzed the issue. There were far too many risks and we wanted to find a way to contain the dust during our interventions, "says David McDougall, owner and employer. To do this, the team created a dust collector at the source. The collector, shaped like a cup, makes it possible to carry out sampling while trapping dust. The collector is placed on a ceiling or wall and is connected to a vacuum cleaner. As a result, when technicians pierce holes, all the dust generated by this task is directed inside the collector. Furthermore, the translucency of the tool allows for the drilling of holes of various dimensions, and for a clear visibility of the work being performed. From now on, workers are protected against dust’s contaminants because of the hermetic barrier, and the suction force which completely traps them. With this new tool, it is feasible to work alone since there is less equipment to carry, and the vacuum cleaner no longer needs to be held. Disorders caused by postural stressors are also reduced. "We are very proud of our innovation because the entire team worked together so as to obtain an optimal result. There was a symbiosis between people on the job site and those working on air quality, "says technician Guy Arseneau. Before arriving at the final product as it is now seen, several tests were carried out internally and on external sites. The company is proud to have worked as a team to improve health and safety which are the main values they integrate into all implemented projects!
The collector, shaped like a cup, makes it possible to carry out sampling while trapping dust. The collector is placed on a ceiling or wall and is connected to a vacuum cleaner.