How to Remove Asbestos: Understand the Process
Did you know that asbestos removal can pose a serious threat to your health? It is true.
Anyone who intends to participate in an asbestos removal project in Canada must follow strict safety regulations. Asbestos removal can be complicated and requires specialized equipment. Certified contractors are required.
It is important to remember that asbestos removal – or any other form of asbestos abatement – requires that you hire certified and qualified contractors.
Leave this job to the professionals
Asbestos fibres can become airborne if they are not done correctly. Because this material is microscopic and invisible to the naked eye it can easily be inhaled and ingested, which could cause serious health problems down the line.
Asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestos-related diseases. You could save your life by allowing asbestos removal professionals to safely remove asbestos fibres from your home or workplace.
Always Remove Asbestos Carefully
Because asbestos was so prevalent not too long, Certified Asbestos removal recommends that you have certified professionals perform asbestos abatement and elimination if you are planning on renovating your home, demolishing an older home, or repairing water-damaged or mould-contaminated materials.
Technicians have received the necessary training and equipment to be able to safely complete this dangerous job. We understand that we are protecting more than just a job site when we visit your home or business.
Our workers generally follow the following guidelines when they are on job sites.
There must always be decontamination procedures in place when an asbestos containment or worker decontamination unit has been set up. Our goal is to make sure that no fibres escape from the “dirty” part of our work area.
Before you leave the job site, ensure that all respirators have been properly cleaned and stored in a safe place. Any debris that is removed during the job should always be double-bagged and sealed to ensure its safe disposal. This is the best place to keep equipment and protective gear while on the job.
Proper preparation and the proper use of materials are equally important. Cost is an important consideration when removing asbestos. Everything must meet the code and be prepared ahead of time.
This includes a garden hose, clean buckets, clean rags, fresh rags as well as a solid asbestos waste container and asbestos waste bags. To prevent dust and fibres from entering, cover all vents before you begin the asbestos removal.
Anyone trying to remove asbestos without taking all the precautions and preparations necessary will expose themselves and their family unnecessarily.
All asbestos waste should carefully be double-bagged in six mils of asbestos bags labelled asbestos bags and taped before being placed in a hazardous waste container. If friable materials like plaster, ceiling tiles, and drywall need to be removed, it is important to dampen them before removing them.
Rubble chutes should not be used to dump asbestos waste. The bags could tear and release asbestos fibres into the atmosphere. If these fibres are inhaled into the air, they could pose a risk to anyone walking nearby.
Asbestos-containing materials are not to be broken down by our trained technicians during abatement procedures. This could lead to more asbestos dust or the release of more airborne fibres. The technicians should also avoid crushing asbestos materials.
Use Caution – Use Certified Asbestos Removal
If you are considering a project that involves asbestos removal, homeowners and builders should ensure that they hire a licensed contractor. Ask your contractor for their safety plan and safety documentation.
The work plan should contain many of the above items and describe how the work will proceed, including the removal of asbestos and cleanup. These plans should comply with all applicable federal and provincial regulations. Waste must be safely recycled or disposed of in a licensed landfill.