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Asbestos and its Removal Process: A Concise Guide

Sep 4th 2015 at 4:54 AM

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once widely preferred for its beneficial properties. It is highly resistant to heat, versatile, owns insulating properties and is tensile. Owing to its multifarious properties, its use was widespread in various commercial and residential applications until 1980s. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it consists of six fibrous minerals, which include actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite, and tremolite.

Everything about asbestos was positive until some findings indicated it as a major threat to human health and safety and classified it as a human carcinogen. Even today it continues to affect the lives of thousands all across the globe, due to the probable presence of asbestos in the buildings built between 1950’s to 1980’s. The residential properties erected before 1950s may also contain it due to its use during the maintenance work.

Hence, if you suspect even a slight trait of asbestos in your building, make sure that you call experts to perform a thorough survey of the place. The same holds if you are about to shift in a new home. The survey will ensure that your property is free from this hidden killer. To the contrary, a casual attitude regarding the presence of asbestos may cause severe diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and more.

Asbestos Removal

As per research work, around 3,000 products possess asbestos. Within the US alone, approximately 30 million homes and commercial structures contain materials having asbestos in little or large quantities. Not surprisingly, its presence in the establishments throughout the world is beyond estimate and equally dangerous for health. The only solution to get rid of this problem is to remove asbestos from the suspected premised in entirety.

Basics of Asbestos Removal

The complete removal of this hazardous mineral involves two important steps. The first of these is the survey of the space to test the presence of asbestos. The second step is finally to remove it from the place. Both these steps require the intervention of expert professionals. The following departments can guide you best in this regard:

  • Regional asbestos program office
  • State asbestos administrative department
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration regional office

The officials working in these departments make you aware about the local regulations and requirements for asbestos removal.

Next, approach licensed and trained consultants for the accredited asbestos sample testing. They recommend the containment or safe elimination of asbestos containing products. These professionals can also monitor the complete process and certify the work of the removal contractor as success or failure accordingly.

Finally, the Asbestos removal contractor will carry out the work. However, while approaching a contractor make sure that he has valid permission for the job under HSE license. This license is mandatory when the probability of asbestos fibers to release in the air is high during work. The contractor assesses the removal requirement, performs the ejection work and disposes the hazardous material safely.


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