"Subodh Das has wealth of experience, particularly in the field of Aluminum, has worked on various assignments in the field of aluminum, sustainability, and environment."

Sachin Satpute
Novelis- Korea

"Subodh is extremely knowledgeable about his space and added tremendous value to an aluminum-related transaction we executed at Houlihan Lokey in 2009. Our metals practice would definitely consider hiring Subodh again for diligence support, operations analysis, industry overviews or other expert assistance within the aluminum and light metals industries."

Michael Jenny
Executive Vice President
Houlihan Lokey

"I have known Subodh for several years as he has made several presentations at Metal Bulletin and American Metal Market conferences including events in Chicago, Detroit, and Vienna. He will also be speaking at our International Aluminium Conference in Bahrain. With many years of experience in diverse roles within the global aluminum industry, Subodh is knowledgeable in the several areas of the aluminum process."

Raju Daswani
Managing Director
Metal Bulletin

"SUBODH developed a creative approach to solve the nation's dependence on foreign oil and brought together a group of Fortune 500 CEOs to implement a successful technology advancement effort in the Aluminum production industry. SUBODH brings a rare combination of charisma and deep technical acumen to the field of energy efficiency and technology development. I would partner with SUBODH any time. He is a dynamo!! When I partnered with SUBODH, I was the Department of Energy official leading the nation's efforts to reduce industrial energy consumption by 25%. SUBODH was the major reason that we achieved our goals in the Aluminum industry."

Buddy Garland
Program Manager
US Department of Energy

"Subodh was a driving force behind the Sloan Center for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry at the University of Kentucky. It was a great pleasure to partner with him on the development of the grant and get the Center off the ground. He has enormous energy and a true passion for his work, is knowledgeable, and exhibited great devotion to his employees. He is a doer and I would gladly work with him again on any project."

Paul Jarley
Dean College of Business
University of Nevada at Las Vegas

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Vermiculite Ottawa

In the last twenty years, there have been serious efforts put towards ensuring that Canadians are not exposed to asbestos. This is evidenced by the prohibition of the use of asbestos for commercial use. Unfortunately, there’s the risk of exposure to this toxic mineral through other unrelated minerals and substances, such as vermiculite. At Asbestos Laboratories, we offer testing services for clients concerned with the composition of vermiculite in Ottawa.


Vermiculite is a pebble-like mineral that puffs up when exposed to heat. This creates pockets of air, which makes it a suitable choice for insulation materials used in construction. Vermiculite can be found in attics. It comes in different colors, including gray, brown, or even golden. Besides construction,  vermiculite is also used in packaging, making concrete screed, and gardening.

Does Vermiculite Contain Asbestos?

Vermiculite is a naturally occurring substance that does not originally contain asbestos. Contamination is, however, possible during mining. Concerns about vermiculite grew when it was discovered that the Libby Mines from which most of the vermiculite used in Canada was extracted from, also contained natural deposits of asbestos.

How to Tell If Your Vermiculite Contains Asbestos

Having your vermiculite tested at an asbestos lab is the only way to tell whether it is an Asbestos Contaminated Material. If your house contains vermiculite insulation installed before 1990, the chances of asbestos contamination are high. That is because this was before vermiculite sourced from mines containing asbestos was prohibited.

How Can You Prevent Exposure to Asbestos Found in Vermiculite?

The adverse health effects of asbestos occur when its fibers are inhaled or ingested. Hence, any abrasion that may result in the release of these fibers should be avoided. To ensure that your household isn't exposed to asbestos that may be found in your attic insulation or gardening products, you should take the following precautions:

  • Refrain from removing any vermiculite insulation from its position. Any movement may result in loose toxic fibers in the air.
  • Get a professional to do all renovations around your home that may involve your attic or disrupt insulation. Professionals can test for asbestos and take safety measures to ensure the demolition or renovations are done without exposing the harmful components of asbestos to the environment.
  • Make sure the ceiling is completely sealed off to prevent the spilling of any pebbles into other spaces in the house.

As long as asbestos fibers are not present in the air, there’s no risk to you or your family’s health. At Asbestos Laboratories, we not only offer testing services to organizations, but also to homeowners to make sure they are safe from the toxicity of asbestos.

Keep Your Home Safe

Asbestos Laboratories has made it easier than ever to get samples of materials that are suspected of containing asbestos tested. If you wish to have your vermiculite in Ottawa tested for asbestos, get in touch with us on 416.635.5025. We can arrange to have your samples picked, tested at the lab, and the results sent to you via email, fax, or on the phone.

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