In order to understand why it is so important to dispose asbestos in a safe manner conducive to the overall welfare of the environment at large, it is imperative to understand what asbestos is all about.
First and foremost, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is made up of several thin, long, and crystalline fibres. There are many different kinds of asbestos sheeting available and they are loosely based on their composition as well as naturally occurring colouring. some of them include the following:
- White asbestos
- Brown asbestos blue asbestos
There was a time when asbestos sheeting was considered a panacea for all kinds of construction work and massive amounts of asbestos-containing materials had been widely used for a huge range of construction-related work not just in constructing new buildings but also in the refurbishment of old buildings. And why not, it was cheap and easy to produce and use.
However, it was gradually phased out once the realisation set it that it was extremely harmful to human health. This is due to the fact that, with the passage of time, the sheets end up becoming dilapidated and cracked and release their fibres into the atmosphere. As these fibrous materials are absorbed in the human body through breathing, they can potentially lead to a host of fatal diseases which include:
- Lung cancer
The people who actually live and work amongst cracked and damaged Asbestos sheets are most at risk and they include daily maintenance workers such as the following:
Heating and Ventilation Workers
Ever since the imposition of ban, all dilapidated asbestos sheets are slated for eventual removal and have to be disposed off in a nontoxic environment and in a safe manner to ensure that the health of the people who come into contact with these potentially harmful Asbestos sheets is not compromised in any way.
How to dispose of Asbestos waste properly
Any waste that contains traces of asbestos sufficient enough to ensure that the fibres are able to contaminate the atmosphere, must be treated in a certain manner. They should be double-bagged and placed in a well-covered and firmly locked container that should moreover, be childproof. This does not only include Asbestos sheets only, but also the everyday clothing articles that come into contact with it. These may include workmen’s overalls, sampling wastes, overshoes, and all other everyday clothing articles that may come into contact with the hazardous asbestos waste material.
These articles should be carted off to a designated site that may be responsible for the disposal of asbestos in that particular region.