Managing and disposing of asbestos

First and foremost when it comes to handling and disposing of asbestos - NEVER do this yourself. We specialise in finding the right asbestos management solutions for your property or commercial building.

Despite how small the job is, asbestos will always be a deadly carcinogen that should always be handled by competent asbestos services professionals, despite what some DIY asbestos guides on the internet would advise doing. If you find what you suspect is asbestos, you should not touch it, instead, you need to isolate it and contact a specialised service who are trained to manage it, handle it and remove it.

Certain laws and regulations are in place around the safe handling of treatment and disposal of asbestos, so you need to keep yourself in line with them and also not putting your family’s or work colleague’s health at risk.

How professional asbestos services work

Upon contacting specialists in asbestos removal in South Manchester, you will notice the big difference in how serious the workaround asbestos is conducted.

Every assessment to determine and safely remove asbestos needs to be planned out appropriately, fully accessing the size and severity of the material and risks posed. From there, the work area will need to be segregated to prevent contamination to the rest of the building, including sheeting over any surfaces in the vicinity (where necessary). You will also see that warning signs will be positioned around the work area to inform everyone of the work underway.

Workers will be wearing protective clothing and respirators to eliminate the risk of exposure. Safety protocols will be put in place to ensure a safe working environment, including disabling heating and air conditioning systems to prevent asbestos fibres from circulating throughout the building. Workers will also utilise fibre suppressing techniques and HEPA-filtered vacuums to thoroughly clean the area after the work is finished.

Secure disposal

Typically, asbestos-containing materials are wetted down before removal, with the workers wearing their respirators and personal protective equipment at all times.

The wetting process is a necessity for all asbestos waste that has been disturbed during the project, and although some DIY guides advise you to wet it yourself before the professionals arriving, it is not recommended you touch it at all, simply close the doors and windows and vacate the area. Once removed, the asbestos must be double-bagged or wrapped using specially labelled waste bags/polythene. Specialists will then dispose of the hazardous waste at a registered waste transfer station prior to ultimate disposal at a registered landfill.

Upon disposing of asbestos, workers remove contaminated personal protective equipment and tools and will follow specific procedures in safely removing them to be sure they carry no hazardous particles into their own homes.  The use of vacuums, wet wipes, damp cloths or shower systems remove any loose fibre safely.

As you can see there is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into removing any level of asbestos risk. Do not attempt to cut corners when it comes to your safety, contact specialists in asbestos testing and asbestos management solutions today

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