What You Need to Know About Asbestos Removal

Posted on: 5 March 2021

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, used in buildings as an insulator or fire retardant. Today its use is limited because asbestos and asbestos-containing materials are considered a public health hazard. Its removal is highly regulated and you must have the permit to remove asbestos. Asbestos removal work involves the identification, repair, encapsulation, or removal of asbestos-containing materials to eliminate the risks of toxic asbestos fibres. 

Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings

Due to its non-flammable property, asbestos was used in many products to resist heat. Before the 1980s, almost all the building structures used asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos-containing materials were used in:

  • Ceiling tiles and coating
  • Roof shingles and sidings
  • Drywalls and sheets
  • Plasters, putties, and caulking
  • Electrical switchboard panels
  • Plumbing fixtures and duct coverings
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Thermal boilers and fireplace insulation

Why an Asbestos Removal Is Important?

If damaged and worn-out asbestos materials are not removed properly, they can endanger life and risk the environment. Asbestos fibres are too small to be seen by the naked eye. When these dust-like fibres enter the air, they can be inhaled and can lead to many serious health issues like mesothelioma cancer. According to a survey, 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer every year in the U.S. alone, therefore a safe removal of asbestos is crucial. 

Leakage of Asbestos-Containing Materials

In the case you have asbestos leakage at home:

  • Keep away from the area
  • Do not touch the material
  • Switch off all electrical appliances
  • Use HEPA filters to vacuum the material
  • Wear a mask to avoid inhalation
  • Call a licensed asbestos removal team

Hiring an Asbestos Removal Company

When it comes to asbestos removal, different countries have different regulations and safety measures. It is the duty of the client to consider the following points when looking for a specialist asbestos removal company. Consider looking for a technician who has: 

  • A license or permit to remove asbestos-containing materials
  • Specific asbestos public and employer insurance
  • A working process specified by OSHA regulations 29 CFR.

Workers must comply with all safety measures at the workplace in the aspect of tools and equipment, removal methods, site cleaning and contamination, storage transportation, and disposal of asbestos-containing materials

Although there are a lot of DIY guides for asbestos abatement, it is always recommended to hire a professional asbestos removal company to ensure safety. Individuals who try to handle asbestos without proper measures may risk themselves. To prevent asbestos exposure, it should be handled by certified professionals. Reach out to a professional for asbestos removal


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