Top tips for working with Asbestos and Asbestos Removal Company?
Asbestos Exposure Risks
London: No amount of asbestos exposure is safe, but asbestos generally has the worst effects when a person is exposed to an intense concentration of it, or they are exposed on a regular basis over a long period of time. Asbestos accumulates in the body with every exposure, and there is no known way to reverse the damage it causes.
Fibres are easily inhaled once they become airborne. It is important to avoid disturbing products that may contain asbestos. Additionally, people who live near naturally occurring asbestos deposits should avoid disturbing soil that may be contaminated.
Scientific studies show exposure to asbestos is linked to several diseases, including cancers. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. The mineral also causes asbestos-related lung cancer, ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer.
OTHER ASBESTOS-RELATED DISEASES INCLUDE:
Asbestosis / Pleural effusions / Pleural plaques / Pleuritis / Diffuse pleural thickening / COPD
Asbestos recent History
The UK’s asbestos century ended on August 24, 1999. The Asbestos prohibitions Regulations 1999, signed by Deputy Prime Minister Prescott, came into force on November 24, 1999, five years ahead of the European deadline. Statutory Instrument No. 2373 forbids the import of crude fibre, flake, powder or waste chrysotile and the new use of asbestos cement, boards, panels, tiles and other products. Chrysotile-containing products installed prior to November 24, 1999 can remain in place until they reach the end of their service life. The sale of second-hand asbestos cement products and building materials covered with asbestos-containing coatings is forbidden.
How to know if it is Asbestos
Despite what some people may tell you, it is not possible to identify asbestos just by looking at it. It can only be positively identified with a special polarized light microscope. There are certified labs throughout the country that can identify asbestos in building materials. Contact a lab or a contractor to find out how the sample should be collected and sent for testing.
Do NOT try to take samples yourself unless specifically instructed how to do so – you don’t want to risk exposure to the airborne fibres by disturbing it without taking the proper precautions.
- Asbestos cement Water tank
- Pipe lagging
- Loose-fill insulation
- Textured decorative coating egartex
- AIB ceiling tiles
- AIB bath panel
- Toilet seat and cistern
- AIB behind the fuse box
- AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
- AIB partition wall
- AIB interior window panel
- AIB around boiler
- Vinyl floor tiles
- AIB behind fire
- Gutters and asbestos cement downpipes
- Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
- AIB exterior window panel
- Asbestos cement roof
- Asbestos cement panels
- Roofing felt
AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board
Loose asbestos in the ceiling or floor cavity.
Loose-fill asbestos was used to insulate industrial and domestic premises so it can be found in between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces. This is a loose, fluffy insulation material (similar to candyfloss), which may be blue-grey or whitish in colour. This is probably the most dangerous asbestos-containing material. Loose-fill is made up of pure asbestos and if disturbed can release large amounts of fibres into the air, where they can be breathed in.
Do not attempt to work on this material under any circumstances unless you are a HSE-licensed contractor.
Local council waste site & removal
The Council does not identify or remove asbestos from residential or commercial properties. They suggest you contact a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Your local council will provide a permit which allows you to dispose of a limited amount of the asbestos at your local waste site.
Household Waste Sites will accept a limited amount of asbestos from householders with a permit: 3 bin bags or 4 sheets of approx. 3ft by 8ft. This material needs to be double wrapped in 1200 gage bags sealed with tape so that no dust can escape. The strong rubble bags can be brought from your local builder’s merchant. You can also use 1200G DPM for large sheets. If you have more then you will need to go through an approved disposal expert. Most companies will charge according to the weight that needs to be disposed of. Ring around as the price varies from company to company.
It is not recommended that you remove any form of asbestos yourself and wrap it up to be disposed of. Hire a contractor and give him or her the permit and pay for the rest to be disposed of. Most contractors will price for all the work so you do not need to get a permit unless you need to make it cost-effective. With a permit, you will be able to save about £100 but you will have to take the risk of removing it yourself.
Protective clothing for removing Asbestos
If you’re thinking of removing asbestos yourself then use the following tips:
- Seal off the work area with plastic sheets.
- Wear a full suite which will cover you from head to toe, full suits can be brought from your local builder’s merchants or online.
- Cover your hands with long gloves that go over your suits.
- Wear a respirator with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- Use a pump sprayer to keep asbestos materials wet and suppress dust at all times.
- Clean the work area with wet wipes or a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
No amount of protection is enough the more you cover the better it will be for you.
Asbestos is classified as a category 1 carcinogen, with asbestos-related disease-causing around 5000 deaths every year in the UK. Work with asbestos requires a high degree of regulatory control and the purpose of licensing is to achieve this. Please do not take working with asbestos little it is very dangerous.
Common questions about Asbestos
What do I need to know about asbestos and diseases such as mesothelioma?
Asbestos refers to a group of fibrous minerals used to strengthen and fireproof materials.
When inhaled over long periods of time, asbestos fibres become trapped in the body and cause diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Should I use a Contractor?
Hiring an asbestos abatement company to remove asbestos from residential and commercial buildings is the safest decision to keep yourself and others safe.
Should I see a doctor if I have been exposed to asbestos?
You should see a doctor if you develop respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms that progress and don’t go away on their own. Tell your doctor about your history of asbestos exposure and ask them to screen you for related diseases. If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is extremely important to get a second opinion from a mesothelioma doctor.
Can I get compensation if I have been exposed to asbestos?
You are eligible for compensation if you were exposed to asbestos and develop mesothelioma, lung cancer or asbestosis.