The Do’s And Don’ts Of Asbestos Removal

Introduction

At the turn of the twentieth century, asbestos was the most promising construction material because it acts as a fire retardant and at the same time as an insulator. However, over the years, the use of asbestos was greatly reduced because of its effect on the health of the individuals. Only a few countries left like China and India that are still using asbestos to these dates but to some countries, the use of asbestos has already been banned. If you happen to reside in a building that has been built in the 1900s, then there is a possibility that your house has asbestos in it. If that is the case, read on to know that dos and don’ts when disposing of, handling and working with asbestos at home.

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Do’s

Before removing the asbestos from the site, make sure that you have prepared and cordoned the site using an asbestos tape to warn passersby and bystanders of the presence of the said harmful material. Furthermore, make sure that the material is thoroughly wet to minimize the presence of fine asbestos particles in the air. Also, it is strongly advised to use saw or drills that are non-powdered for the same reason previously mentioned. And because having dust particles in the air is unavoidable, wearing protective clothing and PPE should be worn every time you come in contact with the asbestos. As soon as the job is done, make sure to dispose of the PPEs and the personal protective clothing using the appropriate waste plastics and take a shower and wash your hair thoroughly. To remove any dust particles that still may be clinging to your hair and skin.

Don’ts

First and foremost, the moment that you know that there is a presence of asbestos in your house is it best not to panic. It is true that asbestos is harmful but with proper handling and disposal, it can be removed from your house without causing damages. Furthermore, it is highly recommended not to remove the asbestos from your home on a windy day. You do not want to spread the dust particles around your house and in the community. More so, do not throw the asbestos and other materials such as clothing, disposable PPEs that came in contact with it. PPEs are meant to be thrown away to the proper area right after each use. Lastly, do not let anybody or even pets visit the site area during the removal of the asbestos.