Asbestos Clean up
If you think that you have found asbestos in your home, don’t touch it. Asbestos is a risk when it is disturbed in a way that produces dust that contains asbestos fibres. In some cases, the presence of asbestos-containing materials is no reason to alarm if the material has not been damaged. If the material is not damaged and shows no signs of wear and tear, it can often be left in place. For example, internal asbestos cement sheet walls or ceilings that are in good condition and coated with paint do not pose a risk to health, while they are not showing signs of degradation or damage.
If materials containing asbestos are in your home and are in good condition (i.e. undamaged, undisturbed), the safest option is to leave them alone.Visually inspect the materials from time to time for deterioration and damage.
If you are thinking about working with or removing a material that contains asbestos, please consider the following:
- If it is in good condition (e.g. undamaged), can you leave it alone?
- Do you know the alternatives of removing the material containing asbestos (e.g. painting or sealing, covering with a non-asbestos product)?
- Can you comply with the laws and safety procedures for working with asbestos?
- Should you use a licensed asbestos Contractor?
- If you have to handle or work with asbestos it is important to remember:
- Do Not use power tools
- Do Not use abrasive cutting or sanding discs
- Do Not use compressed air
- Do Not use high-pressure hoses
- Do Not walk on corrugated asbestos cement roofs as you may run the risk of falling through the roof
- Do Not leave asbestos products around the garden where they may be broken or crushed
- Do get the material tested by a NATA-accredited laboratory if you are unsure if it contains asbestos
- Always work with asbestos in well-ventilated areas
- Ensure the material is thoroughly wet down and kept wet during work to minimize the release of fibres and dust
A householder should legally remove asbestos from their property, however as asbestos poses a health risk during removal, packaging, transport and disposal, it is important that it is handled safely during these operations.Asbestos waste needs to be disposed of at a site which has been approved by your local council as soon as possible. Each council sets its own rules on if and how it receives asbestos waste. Contact your local council to find out where you can dispose asbestos waste, any conditions for disposal (e.g. time of day, maximum amount at one time) and how much it will cost.You can also use a licensed waste removal company to collect and remove asbestos waste for you. They can provide different bins and containers, including drums and skips, for asbestos waste.
It is recommended that loosely-bound asbestos only be removed by a licensed professional, as health risks associated with handling this type of material are far greater than for firmly-bound asbestos.
At Asbestos New York, we meet or exceed asbestos removal requirements. The following steps ensure that asbestos-containing material is removed safely; that the removal procedure provides a clean environment; and that asbestos removal jobs meet the requirements for asbestos removal. Each step ensures the health and safety of our workers during removal, and others who will enter the removal area after abatement..