Asbestos has been recognised as a hazardous material for decades, in particular since the initiation of a full asbestos ban in November 1999. Since then, it has been illegal to purchase, distribute or sell any asbestos containing materials (ACMs). Despite this law, asbestos materials are still being discovered in buildings that were constructed before 2000, where these installations need to be surveyed, removed and disposed of by the professionals.
Asbestos containing materials are particularly harmful due to the nature of their fibres, which can cause various respiratory problems if these are inhaled. Resulting health conditions could include lung disease and various cancers, which can vary in severity depending on exposure time. A range of environmental problems can also be caused by released asbestos fibres, such as air pollution, soil damage and water contamination, where all of these issues can harm local wildlife populations as well as human health.
As such, it is vital that asbestos materials are removed by an accredited expert company, where this harmful substance will then be handled with care to avoid further release of harmful fibres. Read on to find out more about what happens to ACMs after they are removed from a property.
Packaging & Containment
Initially, asbestos materials must be properly contained so they can be removed from a property. It can be soaked to reduce the risk of fibres entering the air, or it can be encapsulated in a purpose made coating. These materials can then be double bagged and carefully sealed so they can be moved.
Documentation & Transportation
Each bag of asbestos materials must be properly labelled as hazardous, with the correct documentation filled out detailing the type and amount of asbestos that is being collected. These bags will then be transported by licensed drivers in a secure vehicle designed to prevent accidental leaks during transit.
These containers of asbestos materials will be taken to specialist, approved disposal sites designed to process hazardous waste. Asbestos can then be encapsulated further, subjected to chemical treatments, and eventually buried in a managed way to prevent the release of fibres into the environment.
Evans Asbestos: Professional Asbestos Disposal Services
It is recommended by Public health England that asbestos materials should not be removed or handled using DIY methods. Instead it is vital that you contact the council for appropriate local advice, where you will then be put in touch with a professional asbestos team who can help to secure your property.
At Evans Asbestos, we offer a variety of asbestos removal services, including asbestos encapsulation and surveying. Simply get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help.