Since asbestos containing products were outlawed in 1989, there have been mass movements to remove asbestos from public buildings as well as residential homes. The complete removal from buildings containing asbestos has been, and still is, quite a feat as the fire-retardant qualities of asbestos made it an incredibly popular choice as a building material before the harmful effects became known publicly.
But while asbestos removal may seem like a universally good thing, the removal process is highly dangerous. While untouched asbestos in a building is unlikely to cause harm, when it is loose in the air, which can happen during the removal process, it can be deadly.
Asbestos Removal Procedures
There are a number of vital safety measures that should be performed during an asbestos removal project. Some of these measures include:
- Only allow trained and experienced asbestos removal workers to handle this task
- Close of all windows and doors prior to removal and keep them shut throughout the process
- Place warning barriers and signs up while removal is going on
- Asbestos removal workers should wear all necessary protective clothing, gloves, and masks
- Used coveralls, filters, and masks should be placed in sealed bags for disposal
- Seal all asbestos cement sheets with water or PVA paint
- Do not drag or skid asbestos sheets against each other or any other objects
If you have been exposed to asbestos and were not properly warned or protected, contact the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center for more information on potential health threats and treatment options.