Three Critical Precautions for Disposing Asbestos

30 January 2019
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Asbestos removal is a dangerous and challenging process. Therefore, if you have discovered asbestos-containing materials in your house, you should consult a specialist for inspection and abatement. The professionals will handle the hazardous material correctly, minimising the risk of environmental contamination. Usually, asbestos looks harmless and innocuous in buildings because it is bonded to other materials such as cement.

However, it is a fibrous mineral. If the fibres in the asbestos-containing building materials are released, they will pollute the air, ground and water. In addition, the particles will cause harm if inhaled by people in the vicinity. If you choose to handle the removal process as a DIY project, you will need to practice caution, especially in relation to clean-up and disposal. Here are some crucial tips to promote personal and environmental safety during asbestos disposal.

Clean the Worksite Thoroughly

It is important to clean up the surfaces of the work area after removing asbestos. In general, when asbestos-containing building materials are removed from a structure, some particles will fall on the surrounding surfaces. These particles can be harmful if left on the floor and other areas. You should avoid this danger by ensuring that this fibrous waste is collected and disposed of correctly. When cleaning, you should use industrial vacuum cleaners with a HEPA filter. If you would like to clean up manually, use wet wipes or rags to control the particles. Treat the soiled clothes as asbestos waste.

Seal the Asbestos Waste

Asbestos waste must be sealed completely for disposal to avoid the release of particles during transportation. For this process, you should acquire thick disposal bags or similar containers designed for handling hazardous waste. You should then place dampened asbestos-containing materials into the leak-proof bags. If the asbestos is not wet, there will be a higher risk of particles release. You should also package other items which might have come in contact with asbestos. For instance, cleaning implements, protective wear and property in the affected zone should be placed into disposal bags after cleaning up. Label the asbestos clearly to prevent accidents.

Dispose of the Waste at an Approved Site

Asbestos cannot be placed in a general waste landfill. There are restrictions on the disposal of hazardous materials to prevent the pollution of the environment. Under ideal circumstances, you should engage a speciality garbage removal service for asbestos handling even if you opt for DIY removal. If you wish to personally handle the work, you should check the local laws on the transportation of asbestos waste. Also, look for a landfill approved for asbestos-containing materials. 

For help with any part or all of this process, call an asbestos removal service.