Asbestos Clean-up Safety
It is not recommended to remove asbestos from the house by yourself. Always use specially trained asbestos consultants, regardless of whether this is required in your local jurisdiction or not. However, if you are still going to remove asbestos yourself, it may be relatively easy to protect yourself and others around you if you follow these renovation practices to ensure maximum safety with regard to asbestos:
Identification of risks
Carefully and thoroughly check the workplace for the presence of materials that may contain hazardous materials. It is difficult to identify all hazards with the eye only, so it is advisable to use asbestos contractors to check and test the workplace. If you have any doubts about any material, assume it is a hazard and seek professional help.
Prepare your workplace
If you work indoors, you should isolate the workplace from all other areas inside the home. This will help prevent airborne asbestos fibres from spreading into non-working areas. To do this, close all doors and plastic bands around any open gaps.
A plastic tape should also be glued to the floor, which will make the cleaning process much more accurate and faster.
Finally, cover all electrical outlets, ventilation openings, air conditioners and central heating ducts with plastic and tape. This is to prevent the potential spread of asbestos fibres if they become floating in the air.
If you work outdoors, you should close windows and doors and seal the ventilation openings to ensure that no dust or debris enters your home. You should tell your neighbours that you intend to remove asbestos from your home and persuade them to do the same. Make sure you screen off all other places where dust could build up if it were transported by air.
You should place a plastic film underneath the workplace and also where you intend to store asbestos waste.
Efforts should be made to ensure that children, pets and pregnant women move out of or out of the workplace until work is completed and cleaning is completed.
When working with asbestos, try not to eat, drink or smoke in the workplace, as this increases the risk of inhaling asbestos fibres. Importantly, wash hands and face with soapy water and water before breaks and at the end of the working day.
As you go out for the day, dust can travel with you on shoes or clothes. Never shake off dust, but rather clean it with an industrial vacuum cleaner recommended by a safety equipment store.
Do not use power tools to remove asbestos, as this can damage the surface of the material and release fibres into the air. Instead, if possible, use hand tools that generate less dust. Asbestos material must not be sandblasted as far as possible.
Store the asbestos material in moisture, using an aerosol pump to keep the dust clean and watch out for any electrical substances in this area. Do not use a high-pressure jet to spray asbestos, as this can damage the material and release fibres into the air.
Use an approved asbestos respirator. The protective clothing store should be able to provide it. Also wear a hat, gloves, protective suits and safety goggles.
At the end of each working day, the workplace must be cleaned and asbestos waste must be removed immediately. Do not sweep the area, as this will cause asbestos fibres to enter the air again. Instead, moisten the dust with water and clean with a sponge.
Wrap the asbestos waste with sturdy plastic still in the workplace and mark it clearly as asbestos waste. All waste must be disposed of in an approved landfill. Contact your local authority for information on the nearest approved workplace.
These are the first steps towards safety with regard to asbestos, but a asbestos clean up company should be consulted for more information.