Asbestos is one of those natural minerals that can cause serious health issues in case of mishandling. Environment Protection Agencies around the world have formulated laws to regulate asbestos removal. Renovation and reconstruction are the most alarming cause of people’s exposure to asbestos.
Due to the health risks involved in its exposure, the experts recommend not to disturb asbestos-containing material. Instead, always contact a licensed professional to assess your building and handle it professionally. Below we’ve outlined how asbestos is disposed of.
The first and foremost thing to done is making an appropriate plan to dispose of asbestos. It includes the assessment of the building and the severity of the abatement process. Only a licensed professional can judge the asbestos-containing material and know its severity. The professionals prepare abatement plans in the light of government regulations for asbestos removal and reduce the health risk to the people and workers.
Preparation of Work Area
Another step in the disposal of asbestos is the preparation of the work area. The work area is sealed and warning signs are placed in the correct locations to warn people passing by of the asbestos abatement taking place. Asbestos removal companies will often use negative air pressure to prevent contamination outside the work area, as well as covering surfaces with plastic sheeting to prevent asbestos fibres getting into other areas around the house.
Follow Safety Protocols
Following safety protocols at the work area is vital to human health. Professional asbestos removalists will use items like HEPA vacuums to dispose of the fibres from object that cannot be moved, and to clean down surfaces after removal. Surfaces will also be kept damp to minimise the spread of the asbestos fibres.
Personal Safety Protection
Personal safety protection is critical to saving workers from health issues like cancer and asbestosis. Wearing personal safety protection kits is mandatory even if asbestos-containing material is wet. Removalists will wear respirators and follow the decontamination procedure to save others. The abatement company should install a decontamination enclosure system to remove contaminated clothes, shoes, and tools they use during the removal process.
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