Asbestos Removal – What You Should Know

Asbestos is a natural mineral that can be broken down into fibres and is used in industries that require fireproofing, waterproofing, insulation and soundproofing procedures.  However, recent studies have proven that exposure to asbestos fibers can cause lung diseases such as Mesothelioma.
In response to the risks associated with the use of this mineral, different laws have been passed to protect workers whose nature of jobs may expose them to asbestos fibers.  Asbestos removal has also been introduced to protect people, in general, from inhaling asbestos fibers which can be found in both residential and commercial buildings and structures.  Who is in charge of this duty?
Only licensed asbestos contractors are assigned for the job.  Since it involves handling of high-risk materials, operators that offer asbestos removal services must secure a special license the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  Only licensed contractors have the proper equipment, knowledge and training necessary to perform the task.
To reduce the risk of fiber inhalation, these experts use timber and polythene enclosures to seal the area, and they wear complete breathing apparatus, decontamination equipment, disposable clothing and a specialized and sealed waste kit.
How much will it cost to acquire this service?  Understandably, because the job entails serious risks and demands specialized equipment and skills, asbestos removal service may cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on the size of the structure or the scale of the task at hand.
Nevertheless, if you are the owner of a rental property structure or a building, you need to ensure that your property would be safe from hazards including health risks.  Sure enough, acquiring this very important service- asbestos removal- is worth the expense.
Is it possible to free your space from asbestos materials by yourself?  Yes, it is possible but only with low-risk asbestos materials that do not involve scraping (ex. asbestos cement roof sheets, panels, etc).  If you are going to take on this task, be sure that you are fully protected from asbestos fibres by wearing a facial mask and disposable clothing.  Before starting the job, wet the materials to avoid fibre from flying off.  Work carefully to avoid breakage.  Finally, place all waste materials in a double bag of thick polythene sacks and close it tight before bringing it to the nearest recycling centre in your area.
The removal of high-risk asbestos materials such as the asbestos insulation board, sprayed coating, packing, pipe insulation, etc. should be left to the experts.  Remember, if the process will involve even a minimal amount of scraping, it is recommended that you let the professionals take over.
To learn more about asbestos products and the illnesses that are related to it, visit http://www.asbestos.registers.co.uk.  The website offers information on proper management of asbestos, as well as advice on asbestos removal for consumers and businesses alike.
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