In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the essential steps and best practices for safe asbestos disposal, be it within a commercial or domestic setting. Whether you're a homeowner, contractor, or business owner, our expert tips will help you navigate the complexities of handling this hazardous material responsibly - and inform you of the ways Evans Asbestos leads the way in safe removal and disposal.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were extensively used in the construction industry due to their durability, fire resistance, and insulating properties. Commonly found in building materials such as insulation, roofing, floor tiles, and cement, asbestos was widely used until the late 20th century. However, it was later discovered that exposure to asbestos fibres can pose severe health risks. For these reasons, timely disposal of such harmful materials should always be prioritised in domestic or commercial contexts.
The Real Risks
Asbestos is highly hazardous when its fibres become airborne and are inhaled or ingested. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. These diseases often have a long latency period, with symptoms appearing many years after initial exposure. Even a small amount of asbestos can be harmful, as its fibres are microscopic and can easily become airborne when disturbed. This makes the proper handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials crucial.
Don’t Tackle It Yourself
Given the health risks associated with asbestos, it is essential to emphasise that attempting to remove or dispose of asbestos-containing materials on your own is extremely dangerous. Improper handling can cause asbestos fibres to become airborne, increasing the risk of inhalation or ingestion. Licensed asbestos removal specialists are trained to identify and handle asbestos-containing materials, ensuring that all necessary precautions are taken to protect themselves and others from exposure. By hiring our professionals, you can rest assured that the removal process will be conducted in compliance with strict regulations and guidelines.
Safe And Professional Disposal
Asbestos disposal should always be entrusted to qualified asbestos removal specialists who are equipped to handle the process safely and legally. We follow a stringent set of guidelines to ensure that asbestos is contained and removed without putting anyone at risk. Once the asbestos has been safely removed, the disposal process begins. Asbestos waste must be handled as hazardous material and transported to authorised disposal facilities. These facilities are designed to handle and dispose of asbestos safely, preventing its release into the environment.
Licensed by the Environment Agency as a registered hazardous waste carrier, Evans Asbestos deal with asbestos disposal for clients within the local area. Specialists in asbestos removal, surveying and management, we provide efficient asbestos solutions for both commercial and domestic clients. Any queries? We’re available to help out. Contact us today!