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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are industrial chemical that have formerly been used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors and other electrical equipment because they are not easily burned and make good insulators. These were later discovered to cause harmful health effects and in 1977 the manufacture, processing, importing and offering for sale of PCBs was prohibited it Canada. Though these items were never actually manufactured in Canada, they were widely used in the county. Some of these products include old fluorescent light fixtures, electrical devices containing PCB capacitors and old microscope or hydraulic oils.
Items containing PCBs must be disposed of properly. Clean Air Services can provide PCB remediation in Calgary to rid your home or business of these potentially harmful products. Call us today to learn more.
How Are We Exposed to PCBs?
There are a number of ways that we can come into contact with PCBs. If you want to know if you may have been exposed to PCBs, pay attention to the age of the equipment you are using. Those manufactured before 1979 most likely contain PCBs. Many items were also labelled after the effects were discovered. Look for the old Environment Canada labels that state “Attention PCB.” Some sources of PCB exposure include:
How Can PCBs Affect Our Health
The most common health issue caused by exposure of PCBs are skin conditions, such as rashes or acne. Studies of workers exposed to PCB show changes in blood and urine that may indicate liver damage. However, both of these occur only after exposed to large amounts of PCB. Exposure to the general population, or those who do not regular encounter the chemical, are not likely to result in these serious symptoms. It is still important to remove items containing PCBs from your home or workplace as extended exposure is still thought to cause health problems.
Call the Professionals for PCB Remediation in Calgary
If you believe your home or business may contain items with PCBs, it’s important to get them checked by a professional. At Clean Air Services, we can determine if any of the items are dangerous to your health and perform PCB remediation in Calgary.