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Next Meeting: Tuesday September 16th, 2014 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm ---

                             MEETING  LOCATION CHANGE

                                   Pinchin Ltd.

                            2470 Milltower Court


Once again we have been offered a unique educational opportunity. Pinchin Ltd. has generously offered a presentation on Asbestos and Radon. This will take place at their corporate head office in Mississauga.

This is an opportunity to acquire 2 continuing educational units (CEU’s)


Dr. Donald Pinchin is founder and president of Pinchin Ltd. and the author of “Asbestos in Buildings,” published by the Ontario Royal Commission on Asbestos (1982). This document forms the basis of most Canadian regulations concerning asbestos in buildings. Don holds a Ph.D in Physics from Cambridge University, a Master of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Chemistry, both from the University of Toronto.


Scott Cryer is an Operations Manager with the Hazardous Materials group at Pinchin’s Mississauga, Ontario office.  A Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) since 2004, Scott has over 25 years of experience dealing with environmental, health & safety issues.  Scott is certified with the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) and the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) as a radon measurement and mitigation provider.  Scott is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST). Scott holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and provides consulting services to clients nationally regarding hazardous material issues.




                                     Asbestos & Radon in Buildings


The session will address two separate issues of possible concern to home purchasers and inspectors.  Don Pinchin will discuss and show examples of the most frequently found asbestos materials used in home construction (including both friable and non-friable asbestos materials) and discuss the years of construction during which these materials were used.  The uses of vermiculite (often call Zonolite Attic Insulation or ZAI) and its potential to contain asbestos will be emphasized as this has the most likelihood of causing significant cost to the purchaser and liability to the inspector. 


Scott Cryer will address the presence of radon in buildings in light of the new Health Canada recommended levels (which will be present in many homes even in Southern Ontario).  While radon testing and mitigation are not yet (and may never be) regulated in private homes, the efforts of Health Canada, the CBC and a current bill before the Ontario Legislature are raising the profile of radon and its hazards.  Attendees will acquire sufficient knowledge to provide guidance to clients on the testing of radon, the potential costs and whether it is advisable in their situation.




Pinchin Ltd.

2470 Milltower Court


Phone:  905-363-1289

Contact:  Terri Kelloway




TMG Committee:   Lee Reich, Michael Greenberg, Gerry Quackenbush