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Introduction to BRHEMP

The Building-Related Hazardous Exposures Management Program (BRHEMP) is designed to identify, inventory, and control building-related hazardous materials (BRHMs) throughout Vancouver Airport Authority holdings.

BRHEMP Objectives and Application

The BRHEMP is designed to:

  • Educate Airport Authority contract owners, tenants, contractors, and employees on building-related hazardous materials within their working environment
  • Ensure that building-related hazardous materials are not inadvertently disturbed or released during construction, maintenance, and tenant activities

The BRHEMP applies to all projects within Airport Authority holdings, including construction projects, IT projects, airport maintenance activities, and tenant improvements.

Hazardous Materials Covered by the BRHEMP

  • Asbestos-containing material (ACM)
  • Lead-containing material (LCM)
  • Mercury
  • Biohazards
  • Ozone-depleting substances (ODS)
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Radioactive materials
  • Silica
  • Other potentially hazardous materials

Workplace chemicals are “controlled products” and are managed through the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 2015. They are not included in the BRHEMP.

Inventory of Hazardous Materials

The Airport Authority maintains an inventory of ACM and LCM within Airport Authority holdings. Other hazardous materials listed above that are not inventoried must be included (along with ACM and LCM) in Safe Work Procedures and Exposure Control Plans as necessary.

Participation in BRHEMP

Effective management of BRHMs requires participation by the following individuals in the BRHEMP:

  • Airport Authority contract owners
  • Contractors
  • BRHEMP administrator
  • Airport Authority representative environmental consultant
  • Airport Authority pre-qualified abatement contractors
  • Third-party environmental consultants
  • Airport Authority Health & Safety
  • Airport Authority Maintenance
  • Designated service providers
  • Tenants
  • Airport Authority Commercial Services

See BRHEMP Roles and Responsibilities.

For questions related to this content, please contact YVR Contractor Safety by email at contractor_safety@YVR.ca or by phone at 604-276-7797.

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