It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect their family and neighbours from the health risks associated with asbestos fibres. Depending on when your home was built, you may find that there is asbestos in the property in some form, so if you are preparing to knock down and rebuild or renovate, it is important to have it assessed by licensed professionals. It is never a good idea to remove asbestos yourself – apart from the health issues that it may cause for your family and neighbours, there are many long term risks involved in handling asbestos without experience.
When it is established that you have asbestos in your home, and you have organised for the removal by a professional, it is important to inform your neighbours about about what is happening, as well as the safety procedures that are being followed. As a homeowner it is important to know and follow any regulations set by the relevant Government departments – and this is where asbestos removal specialists come in handy – they know the info you need and can ensure you understand your role.
Here’s how you can work with your asbestos removal contractors to ensure the correct and swift removal of asbestos from your home.
Assessment of Risk Involved
The first most crucial step in preparing for asbestos contractors in your home is assessing the risk involved in asbestos removal work. It would enable you to judge the likelihood of disturbing asbestos-containing material. Asbestos material in the deteriorating condition is riskier as compared to the material in sound condition. The assessment also includes assessing the type and level of personal safety equipment. Always consider other hazards like working in confined spaces, heat stress, working on brittle roofs, and electric cables in cavities before commencing removal work.
Preparation of Site
Site preparation is also another critical step in preparing for asbestos contractors in your home. It includes arranging adequate lighting at the place, establishing a buffer zone, disabling HVAC systems, and covering the floor with PVC sheets. Your asbestos contractor will have a written work procedure for every activity, place all safety signages before work starts and arrange for any cleaning requirements to take place before anything is removed.
Minimising the exposure
Minimising the exposure to airborne asbestos fibres is another preparatory step before starting the removal process. This includes keeping the asbestos-containing material wet all the time and avoid tearing and throwing it. It also includes obtaining a disposal permit from authority and dispose of it at a place or landfill that accepts it. All of which an asbestos removalist can do.
Have asbestos in your home and want to know how you can prepare for removal? Contact Icon Asbestos Removal today to find out the process of removing asbestos from your home or business.