Meet Christine Delisle – Sr. Marketing Coordinator

Meet Christine Delisle - Sr. Marketing Coordinator

At Abatement Technologies, our employees aren’t just staff members. They’re Aire Guardians. From engineering and design to sales and administration, every team member plays a part in keeping people safe with clean air. 

Recently, we sat down with Christine Delisle who serves as the senior marketing coordinator at Abatement Technologies to talk about her journey as an Aire Guardian. 

Becoming an Aire Guardian

Christine has been Aire Guardian for 5 years. Her role began in the marketing department when there were only two people in the department, offering basic marketing services before expanding to a team of four in 2019.

“Having additional resources in the department has really allowed us to foray into new areas of marketing technology that perhaps we weren't able to do with only two of us” said Delisle.

Christine’s bachelor’s degree in languages has been a very valuable skill in her role at Abatement. With a strong background in French, she’s helped the marketing team communicate better with the Quebec staff and customers. 

“We were able to do a translated copy of our website. We've also been able to get all of our marketing materials translated. So I've been happy to assist with that,”  shared Delisle.

Jill of all Trades

Christine has been responsible for many things at Abatement including organizing trade shows, trainings, webinars, content creation, data integrity, and much more. When asked about how her role has evolved, Christine expressed the following: 

“I've had an opportunity to do a lot of varied things. My whole career, I've been sort of "Jill of all trades," and maybe not master of all but certainly able to handle most of it. I think that the growth of Abatement Technologies has certainly given me these additional opportunities to do things that I haven't done before.”

For Christine, working at Abatement Technologies is more than doing interesting tasks. It’s about working together with great people. Here’s how she put it, “I work with incredibly creative and talented people every day, and the rapport that we've built up as a team just does make it a joy to come to work every day.

All Under One Roof

At the time of our conversation, we were only a few months away from moving into our new company headquarters.  We asked Christine how she feels about the big move.

“I think it's going to be very exciting for all of us to be under one roof because right now, we're spread out over three different campuses. And just to see everyone on a daily basis, I think is going to be really enjoyable and exciting.”

To wrap up our conversation, we asked Christine one of our favorite questions, “what would Abatement not be the same without?” She shared: 

“It wouldn't be the same without the Harber family and sort of the culture that they've created in the company. I really admire Andrew Harber, CEO, because he rolled up his sleeves and he worked side by side with other levels of management and administration, building equipment during the pandemic.”

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The Tools for Asbestos Abatement

The Tools for Asbestos Abatement

With federal and state laws in place, the use of asbestos in products and materials is restricted in the United States, but not banned. Canada, however, has regulations in place that prohibit the import, sale, and use of asbestos and products containing the dangerous carcinogen. However, this wasn’t always the case. Prior to its close in 1990, much of the world’s supply of vermiculite came from a mine in Montana. Unfortunately, the mine also contained a natural deposit of asbestos, which contaminated the vermiculite product. Materials like drywall, flooring, ceilings, cement, and insulation were produced using vermiculite from the mine, which was primarily sold as insulation in Canada under the trademarked name “zonolite.” 

The risks of asbestos

But, what’s the risk of vermiculite containing asbestos? The inhalation of asbestos has been proven to cause lung cancer and other severe respiratory diseases. Because of this risk, the removal or disturbance of asbestos should be performed with the proper precautions and equipment. Proper sampling, testing, and removal procedures are essential to identify and safely mitigate the hazard associated with asbestos in buildings.

Experts and their techniques for asbestos removal

Asbestos testing requires expertise. This is not a DIY project. Professionals will come prepared with an air purifying respirator equipped with HEPA-filtered cartridges to wear during sampling, along with safety glasses. A respirator is recommended by both the U.S. EPA and Health Canada as best practice to reduce the amount of dust inhaled during collection. 

Once asbestos has been tested and identified in a material, it’s important to begin the abatement process. The Ontario Regulation for Designated Substances (Reg. 278/05) classifies asbestos removal based on the severity of the risk - Type 1 (Low Risk), Type 2 (Medium Risk), and Type 3 (High Risk). When the risk is low, the size of the contaminated area is between 1 and 10 sq ft, and the material is non-friable asbestos-containing material (ACM), meaning it is being held together by a bonding agent. In a Type 2 abatement, the contaminated area is between 11 and 100 sq ft, and is friable ACM, meaning it is easily crumbled and breaks apart with touch. A Type 3 abatement operation means the contained area is over 100 sq ft and contains both friable and non-friable ACM. A Type 3 operation, involves the removal or disturbance of more than one square meter of friable ACM during the repair, alternation, maintenance or demolition of a building. 

Tools of the trade

Type 2 and Type 3 abatement require professionals to wear the proper respirator as well as PPE equipment like disposable coveralls to prevent entry of dust. A trained professional will not only know the measures to protect themselves, but others around them. These measures include the isolation of the entire area using temporary containment barriers like Abatement Technologies SHIELD WALL™

Additionally, during these types of abatement, it's important to use a HEPA filtered vacuum extraction system, like our HEPA vacuums to clean up asbestos dust throughout the project, avoiding particulates and carcinogens being left behind after a project. A vacuum extraction system offers the benefit of adding an engineering control of increased negative draw of air at the point of disturbance. This decreases the exposure to the worker as opposed to other methods which may increase the airborne concentration within the asbestos work area.

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