GLOSSARY

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VINYL TILES (CONTAINING ASBESTOS)

Tiles that predate 1980 have the potential for containing Asbestos.


VIRUS

Sub microscopic organisms (0.03-0.25 microns) that lack the energy generating enzyme systems necessary to reproduce independent of living host cells. Some viruses, bacteria and fungi are pathogenic – able to cause disease in humans.


VIRUSCIDE

An agent that controls or kills specific viruses when used according to label directions.


VISQUEEN

Trade name for sheet polyethylene, used as a vapour barrier or protective covering.


VISUAL INSPECTION

The process of: 1) evaluating a structure for the presence of contaminated material prior to beginning restoration or remediation work; 2) looking for conditions that, if not corrected during the project, can lead to incomplete removal of the contaminated material or non completion of the project; 3) looking for any potential H&S problems


VOID

An empty space; not valid, cancelled, revoked.


VOLATILE

Tending to evaporate quickly into the environment.


VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND

(VOC) – Any organic compound that enters a gas phase; especially that which adversely affects air quality in a built environment. Typically gas phase VOCs are generated by paints, stains, adhesives, dyes, solvents, caulks, etc.


WAINSCOT

A decorative or protective facing, such as wood panelling, applied to the lower portion of an interior partition or wall; also the area to which such panelling is customarily applied.


WAIVER

An instrument or action which intentionally relinquishes a right, claim, or privilege.