Step-by-Step Asbestos Removal
Removing asbestos from your home is probably one of the most important things to do right now. Especially, when you are planning to have a renovation or demolition project.
However, conducting the removal work is not as easy as you think. You must perform everything in the safest way possible. You have to ensure that the contamination won’t spread further to another area.
The Government even has strict regulations on how to properly handle asbestos products. Whoever mishandling the harmful substance will face fines and criminal charges in the end. Thus, you must be careful not to handle it carelessly.
Basically, you need a certification to conduct an asbestos removal work. But, you are legally authorized to remove non-friable asbestos that is less than 10 square meters yourself. However, you still have to follow the legal procedures when you execute the work.
As mentioned above, handling asbestos is complicated. There are a lot of preparations involved just to make sure that everything is done safely.
So, what do you need to prepare? Well basically, a regular non-friable asbestos removal work requires proper tools and protective gears such as:
- Disposable safety gloves
- Disposable boot covers
- Disposable-breathable coveralls
- P2 mask with respirator (based on the Australian standard)
- Dust-wipe rags
- Spray bottle
- Thick plastic sheeting to pack asbestos waste
- Triggered water spray bottle
- Dust-binding or similar sealant
- Asbestos warning signs to restrict the working zone and label the asbestos waste
Now when you have prepared the protective gears and tools, you must get ready to execute the work. Generally, it requires an excessive training to conduct a safe removal work. Make sure you have skills to conduct the jobs carefully.
Here’s how to remove asbestos safely:
- Cover the ground using plastic sheeting at the working zone to catch any dust and debris.
- As mentioned above, only use a respirator that is qualified by the Australian standard.
- Wear disposable protective suits completed with goggles, rubber gloves, rubber boots, and hood.
- Do not bring or use asbestos contaminated clothing, boots, or tools around other room which is not contaminated with asbestos.
- Put up asbestos warning signs and keep people without protective gears to stay away from the working zone.
- Shut all windows and doors which connects other area of the house to the working zone during the work.
- Before and during the removal work, always gently damp down the asbestos product and removed debris using a water sprayer.
- Be patient! Work with the flow by removing the nails first, don’t even think to smash it or break it on purpose.
- Pay attention to the dust! Always try to work carefully to prevent the release of fibres. Throwing or dropping the removed asbestos product is prohibited.
- Pack the removed product inside heavy duty plastic bags or any other thick plastic sheeting. Ensure to secure them with a duct tape and put a label on the bags.
- Bring asbestos waste to a legal landfill; you can’t put it in your regular garbage bin. It requires a licence to do this.
- Dispose of everything you wear including all boots and coveralls, which are used during the work.
- Clean all tools used during the removal by washing them thoroughly.
- Clean up your body thoroughly by taking a shower right after working with asbestos.
It will be so much easier and safer if you decide to use professional services to conduct the job. Working with asbestos is really tricky, but your safety must be your highest priority. So, avoid the health hazard and fines by contacting a certified removalist.
In Sunshine Coast, there are a lot of professional contractors who offer asbestos removal services. You can find one that matches your needs. The Government also advised people to take professional services to finish the jobs. It is important to protect yourself and your family from getting exposed to the asbestos dust.
Safety is not expensive; It is priceless! Don’t cost your safety at risk.