What is the asbestos removal process

Asbestos exposure is a serious health risk and great care needs to be exercised when handling it and especially removing it, which is why it is important that asbestos removal is done by qualified and licensed removers.

If asbestos is cracked, broken or even scratched lightly it releases fibres into the air. If these fibres are accidentally breathed in it can lead to serious health issues such as Mesothelioma. For those reasons, serious precautions need to be taken when removing asbestos and in South Africa, a health inspector always needs to be on site to measure the asbestos fibres in the surrounding area during the process.

The licensed professionals doing the removal need to wear disposable overalls with a hood. They also need to wear a respirator or dust mask made especially for the job as well as well as safety glasses or goggles.

Protective gear
Image courtesy of asbestosawareness.com.au

The ground under and directly surrounding the work area needs to be covered in plastic sheets. These plastic sheets can’t be made from recycled materials and cannot be recycled or reused afterwards. The asbestos needs to be gently wet with water by using a pump spray to prevent fibres from being dislodged and becoming airborne. No power tools should be used to handle asbestos, especially not to cut or break it. The only acceptable use of power tools is to unscrew screws from sheets.

The sheets, once they are loose and properly wet, should be placed gently on the same plastic sheets as mentioned before. They must then be double-wrapped and taped immediately and be labelled clearly as asbestos waste. Great care should be taken to not let the sheets scrape each other. This can also release fibres into the air. The sheets once wrapped and taped should then be removed immediately to avoid being damaged. After this entire process, the asbestos must then be taken to a licensed dumping site.

Atlantic Asbestos provides this service to the business and residential market at affordable prices and follows all the correct procedures as required by the department of health, as a licensed removal company.

NOTE: the removal of asbestos is incredibly dangerous and should not be attempted by anyone other than a licensed professional

To get your asbestos tiles, roofing, slates and gutters removed, get in touch with us by giving us a call or completing our contact form.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *