Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is used in many buildings and can also be found commonly in building construction materials. When materials that contain asbestos are damaged or disturbed the fibers become airborne and become dangerous. When the microscopic fibers are inhaled they become a serious health problem and can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Asbestos must be removed in a safe and legal way.
It should be removed by a certified abatement contractor who follows safety and health rules to protect all those who are working with the material and from the public. In addition, the contractor should also ensure proper removal and disposal of the asbestos materials are done correctly. Once areas have been tested positive for asbestos, below are general examples of asbestos removal and safe handling:
- Create an asbestos removal control plan- Ensure all removal process is carried out safely.
- Working environments must be sealed.
- Workers must wear all correct equipment and clothing when working with asbestos.
- Prep the Work Area Put up warning signs, cover all vents, build your containment areas, and an air lock where workers can remove and leave their protective clothing when leaving the containment area.
- Removal of asbestos -Very tedious and dangerous process if proper procedures are not met because you can expose many to asbestos).
- Getting rid of asbestos – Asbestos waste must be disposed in a designated landfill.
It is important to seek professional assistance if there is asbestos in your environment. Alliance Environmental is a licensed asbestos removal company with extensive experience in properly containing the asbestos, complete decontamination of the site, and lawful disposal of the contaminated materials.