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What You Need To Know For Safe Asbestos Removal

     Asbestos was widely used in the 1970s for insulation, flooring, and roofing in most residential homes and offices in Australia and other countries. Over the years though, people started removing such asbestos from their buildings because it's a health risk to human beings.

When asbestos products weaken, they begin to emit fibres into the air that pose a high risk. When breathed in, the fibres cause long term harm to people. The risks involved are breathing complications, asbestosis and lung cancer which can take a lifetime to cure. It's highly advisable to have the asbestos removed before the threat increases.

According to the Code of Practice - How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace, removing asbestos requires making a list of existent asbestos, called a register. The register helps in identifying the type of asbestos present in a building. The task of removing asbestos should only be carried out by a licensed contractor. A licensed contractor knows all the types of asbestos and how to handle each.

Types Of Asbestos

Before handling asbestos, it's important to know the type of asbestos you are dealing with. Here are the different types:

• Friable Asbestos - This type of asbestos is in form of powder or can be crashed to a powder form by exerting pressure with your hand, especially when dry.

• Non-Friable Asbestos - This type includes a material that contains asbestos fibres strengthened with a bonding compound.

There are several factors you should have in mind in order to remove asbestos safely:

Have A Control Plan

This ensures that the process is well-planned and carried out in the safest manner possible. The plan is focused on ensuring that control measures are taken to reduce risks of asbestos exposure. This plan is only organized by licensed contractors and is prepared before the work begins.

Control The Risk

It's advisable to try and control the risks associated with removal to ensure that everyone is safe. Here are important measures to take in controling the risk:

• Limit Access: Ensure that you limit access to the site you're working on. Put up display signs and install barricades to inform people that the area is out of bounds.

• Decontamination And Disposal Procedures: All asbestos debris from the site should be placed in tightly sealed bags. This ensures that the waste is disposed of correctly and further contamination is avoided.

• Respiratory Protective Equipment: Every contactor should provide their workers with appropriate respiratory protective equipment. The equipment protects them from inhaling harmful fibres.

• Personal Protective Equipment: The contractor and his workers should put on protective clothing at all times while at the site. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes safety footwear, overalls and gloves.

• Air Monitoring: The Code of Practice - How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace also requires that after all the work has been done, an independent licensed asbestos assessor carries out air monitoring. Clearance inspection should also be done and clearance certificates issued. Only then can the building be re-occupied.

Asbestos removal is a task that requires experts. Doing the job by yourself exposes you to long-term health risks. It can even cost you a higher price than the price charged by the professionals. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

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Rogers is a consultant in asbestos handling. His specialty is in both residential and commercial property. He recommends Asbestos Removal Sydney Wide to do a commendable job for you. Kindly visit for more tips and ideas about Asbestos Removal.

Posted on 2015-07-28, By: *

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