For many decades, asbestos was an integral component of the construction industry. It was popular because it enhanced material durability and fire resistance. However, after scientific research showed the link between the inhalation of asbestos fibres and diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and several types of cancer, the use of the material in construction was prohibited. However, most structures constructed before the turn of the millennium are likely to have asbestos. Asbestos is generally safe unless the structure containing it starts to break down. Trouble starts when the fibres break loose and become inhalable. Asbestos removal should always be handled by professional abatement companies. Here are some preparations which you can make for asbestos removal.
Preparing the HVAC System
One of the biggest hazards you have to deal with during asbestos removal is your HVAC system absorbing asbestos fibres during the removal. If this happens, the building's air will be contaminated, and asbestos removal will be pointless. To prevent this, start by disabling all HVAC and electrical systems. Second, install a new electric system and negative pressure units. These units will prevent contamination beyond the established work area. Then, ensure that enclosure systems for decontamination are installed and seal all openings with plastic bags or sheeting.
Warning Building Users
The law requires you to alert every building occupant about the presence of asbestos when it is discovered. You are also required to inform everyone in the building before starting the asbestos removal process. Ideally, you should put up signs which inform everyone that the work going on creates a health hazard and could cause ailments such as lung disease. You should also restrict access to authorised personnel only. If anyone has to access the area, you should inform them that they need protective clothing.
Preparations for Disposal
The effective disposal of asbestos waste will depend on how well you planned for it beforehand. Gather recommended asbestos disposal containers, and have them labelled clearly. Ensure that you have a plastic seal on standby to close the containers as soon as they are full of waste. Finally, always have a HEPA vacuum close by to do the cleaning up after the removal process is complete.
Asbestos removal is a delicate process and one that can land you in legal trouble if poorly handled. It is advisable to hire professional abatement companies to handle the process. As long as you hire someone competent to handle the removal, you are assured that the process will be safe and successful.