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Asbestos Abatement

Many years ago, asbestos material was used in many locations because of its indestructible, flame, and heat resistant qualities. What people were unaware of, however, were the lasting effects it would have on the health of those who were exposed. The human body is negatively affected by asbestos because it is unable to break down or digest asbestos. The main hazard for the inhalation of asbestos is the effects it has on the lungs. Since the human body is unable to contain asbestos, scar tissue forms around the infected area and the cancer begins to form.

Around 1970, scientists and doctors began to examine the side effects and health issues related to asbestos related materials. By the late 1970s, doctors revealed that this material (even though it worked wonders in buildings, insulation, and tile) caused more harm than good. In recent years, there has been a sincere effort to contain asbestos and remove it from the areas it was used in many years ago. Some states even have strict regulation on asbestos use and how to remove it properly. By controlling the exposure to this substance, it will decrease the amount of disease and health issues related to asbestos contamination.


What is Asbestos Abatement and Why is it Important?

In order for less people to become contaminated to the hazardous material, it is important for asbestos to be removed (abated) properly. There are professional companies who specialize in the removal of asbestos, but a home or business owner may remove the material themselves. If a person is removing the material on their own, it is important to find out the procedures to do it safely, what their particular state regulations are and where to dispose the asbestos.

Due to the cancerous-side effects, laws have been put in place for asbestos exposure and its safe removal. The Environmental Protection Agency is a key factor for determining the proper ways to remove asbestos and work with government law to providing regulation of the process. It is important to note that there is no law that says that asbestos has to be removed. There are certain instances where asbestos should be removed promptly. These instances include: when the asbestos cannot be contained properly, when a building or home is demolished, or the fiber count of asbestos seems to be too high. In all of these cases, asbestos removal is necessary.

The Removal of Asbestos

Whether removed by a contractor or the home/offer owner, there are certain procedures that need to be followed. First, the area that is contaminated with the asbestos should be sealed off to prevent air from escaping into non-contaminated areas. Workers must change into specially designed suits, masks, and gloves to protect themselves from the toxic fibers. Respirators are also used in the unit where the asbestos being removed. This is one of the most important aspects of asbestos removal because inhaling the fibers are so dangerous. While in the contaminated room, the workers begin by spraying down the area with water that is partially diluted with detergent. This helps the fibers stay contained to the floor instead of the air so removal is easier. All of the contents that are asbestos contained are placed in properly sealed and labeled bags, and then placed in a proper chamber before it is transported to the dumping ground.

After all of the asbestos is contained, sealed and placed into the transporting chambers, another inspection is made to assure proper handling until the material gets to the waste site. It is important that the sites where the asbestos will be placed are contacted ahead of time. This ensures that they know how much asbestos you are bringing and have room for disposal.

After the initial removal, a state licensed inspector must review the work done by either the contractors or the individuals themselves. Once satisfied, another coat of protective spray shields the remaining fibers (if any). Some states require samples for testing, so it might be mandatory to check specific state regulations, as they usually vary in different cases. After the material is checked at the landfill site, it is disposed by burial.

Remember, if an individual chooses to remove the asbestos without a licensed contractor, the responsibility is large. Knowing the proper procedures and laws (federal and state) are important to research before handling any type of removal.