Why it’s important to handle asbestos removal safely
When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or damaged, they can release asbestos fibres into the air. If these fibres are then inhaled, it can lead to a number of serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
If you have asbestos-containing materials on your property, it's important to have them removed by a professional asbestos removal company. We can supply enclosed skip hire, arrange for safe disposal of the asbestos, and put you in touch with a specialist asbestos handler who will be able to carry out the physical removal on site.
How do you identify asbestos?
Asbestos can be found in a variety of materials, including insulation, flooring, siding, and shingles. If you're unsure if a material on your property contains asbestos, the best way to find out is to have it tested by an asbestos removal professional.
How to handle and remove asbestos
To prevent exposure, asbestos should be transported in an enclosed skip and only be handled and removed by asbestos removal companies and professionals with the appropriate certifications
Although some people might feel comfortable removing asbestos on their own, the EPA recommends that the general public does not attempt to handle it. People who mishandle asbestos may be exposed to danger.
Depending on the severity of asbestos exposure, professionals may recommend two different types of treatment: encapsulation or abatement.
Encapsulation is a process in which asbestos-containing materials are covered with a sealant to prevent exposure. Abatement, on the other hand, is the complete removal of all asbestos-containing materials.
Disposing of asbestos materials
There are special ways to dispose of asbestos materials, as they can be dangerous to human health if not handled correctly.
Asbestos should be transported in an enclosed skip and disposed of at a licenced site that is certified to accept asbestos waste. Asbestos waste must be clearly labelled as such, and special precautions must be taken to prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the air.
Can asbestos be recycled?
Asbestos can be recycled, but it must be done so at a certified recycling centre. The asbestos is crushed into a powder and mixed with other materials to make new products. This process must be done carefully to prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the air.
Can I remove asbestos myself?
While it may be tempting to try and remove asbestos yourself, it's not worth the risk. Asbestos removal is a highly regulated process that should only be performed by certified professionals.
Not only could you expose yourself and your family to harmful asbestos fibres, but you could also face hefty fines from your local authorities.
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