Asbestos waste is a hazardous material that was commonly used in construction materials in the past. It’s known to cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Finding it in your home or commercial property may be a big shock, but do not panic and do not touch it without safety precautions. It’s important to handle and dispose of asbestos waste correctly to avoid any potential health risks.
Step 1: Identify the Asbestos
Before you can dispose of asbestos waste, you need to identify whether the material contains asbestos. It’s essential to hire a professional licensed waste carrier when dealing with hazardous waste. They will arrive with the correct safety equipment to enable them to remove the unwanted waste safely.
Step 2: Prepare for Removal
If the material is identified as containing asbestos, you’ll need to prepare for removal. This involves sealing off the area to prevent any asbestos fibers from escaping into the air. You’ll also need to wear personal protective equipment, including gloves, a mask, and a disposable coverall. Try not to disturb the area too much to avoid moving any fibers.
Step 3: Remove the Asbestos
The removal of asbestos should always be carried out by a licensed professional. They’ll use specialized equipment to remove the material safely without releasing any fibers into the air. The asbestos waste should be kept wet during the removal process to prevent any dust from being generated.
Step 4: Transport the Asbestos
Once the asbestos waste has been removed, it needs to be transported to a licensed facility for disposal. The waste must be packaged securely to prevent any fibers from escaping during transport.
What should I do if I suspect asbestos in my home or workplace?
If you suspect asbestos in your home or workplace, do not disturb it. Contact a licensed asbestos removal company to carry out an assessment and removal if necessary.
What products may contain asbestos?
Asbestos was commonly used in construction materials such as insulation, roofing, and flooring. So if you’ve recently moved into a house and haven’t had it surveyed – check all ceilings and walls for asbestos before starting any renovations.
Can I remove asbestos myself?
No, it’s not recommended to remove asbestos yourself. Asbestos removal should be carried out by a licensed professional to ensure the safe removal and disposal of the material.
Is there any safe level of asbestos exposure?
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Any exposure to asbestos fibers can increase the risk of developing serious health problems.
How can CDDL manage my asbestos waste?
By using a licensed waste carrier to handle your asbestos waste, you can rest assured that you haven’t put the health of your employers or yourself at risk. For more information on asbestos waste and hazardous waste removal get in touch with our team of experts today.