Because of its dangerous nature, asbestos is no longer used in construction, despite its popularity that lasted over 100 years. It was used to provide insulation and fire proofing abilities in buildings. It has since then been written off, because of the number of respiratory diseases that were linked to it. It is known to cause asbestosis and lung cancer. People who come into regular contact with it are the ones who are at a bigger risk. They tend to be firefighters, asbestos miners, and plumbers. If you suspect you have been exposed to asbestos, it is best that you be on the lookout for symptoms such as a persistent cough, wheezing, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Because of its danger, not anyone is equipped to handle its disposal and that is why there are professional asbestos removal companies that are licensed to remove it from your home and dispose of it at a biohazard waste site. However, that does not mean that with the right knowledge, gear and dump site, you cannot take care of an asbestos problem on your own; you can.
Asbestos Removal Regulations
It’s dangerous nature has led to regulations put in place on how to handle it. They include:
- If you are going to store asbestos on your property, you need to ensure that it is in an environmentally friendly manner. This means that the plastic bags you have used to store the asbestos in must be airtight. Also, prior to placing the asbestos in the bags, you should make sure you have wet it thoroughly. This will help prevent it from becoming airborne.
- If you have any bonded asbestos then it is important that you store it securely at all times. Bonded material refers to any substance that contains asbestos with the exception of friable asbestos.
- Because of its tendency to become airborne, friable asbestos needs to be kept in an airtight container. This is because even the slightest scratch of this substance will make it airborne.
- It is considered illegal to re-use or recycle material that contains asbestos. You will simply be putting yourself and others in harm’s way.
- If you have soil contaminated with asbestos on your property, then you need to promptly have it treated or removed. As you wait for the asbestos soil contamination company, you can wet the soil to ensure that none of the asbestos particles become airborne.
- If your property contains more than ten square meters of asbestos (friable or bonded) you are required by law to enlist the services of an asbestos removal company.
- If you are transporting asbestos waste from your property to a biohazard dump site then you should ensure that the vehicle transporting it is leak-proof to prevent any asbestos from escaping into the air.
- You should only dispose of household asbestos in a dump site that is legally allowed to handle the disposable of a biohazard such as asbestos. Dumping this harmful substance in a ‘normal’ waste site will be considered as environmental pollution.