Get your Asbestos Removal Facts Straight
Asbestos is a real cause for concern since it’s been discovered to be harmful to the health of individuals. It has been used in construction applications for its many benefits. There are lots of different types of asbestos used in construction. These include amosite, chrysotile and crocidolite as the most common ones used.
There have been restrictions on the use of asbestos in the UK. There have also been strict regulations banning the use of asbestos. Any new construction in the UK from 2000 onwards doesn’t contain asbestos.
Buildings constructed before 2000, often do contain some form of asbestos. Some constructions that have deteriorated, need asbestos removal at the earliest.
Asbestos Regulations CAR 2012
The newest asbestos regulations came into effect in 2012, when it was said that not enough was being done to keep people safe from the hazards of asbestos.
The rules apply to those living or working in a domestic building.
- If you’re planning to undertake any renovations in a room or any area of the building where you live, and that area may contain asbestos, you are taking on the responsibility of managing the asbestos there. It automatically becomes your responsibility to manage the risk that asbestos fibres pose to others in the building.
- The “duty to manage,” as it is called, essentially means that you must find the asbestos containing material, identify it and evaluate the risk that the material poses to the building inhabitants. You should then take the appropriate measures such as asbestos removal etc. This is to contain the asbestos as necessary and minimize the risk of spreading the fibres.
- The areas in your home where you suspect asbestos to be present should be left alone if they’re well maintained. A survey will help in finding out where the risk of asbestos is highest, and if the areas are in good condition. Asbestos removal by a professional and proper disposal should help in mitigating a high risk. Even if there is low risk, the condition of the asbestos containing material should be monitored and the material itself should not be disturbed deliberately.
What should you do during removal
- While working on asbestos removal, keep the asbestos regulations in mind. Keep any other individuals in your building or house such as children and any elderly out of the area the asbestos removal is happening. This is to minimize their risk of being exposed to asbestos fibres.
- Use measures such as immersion of the asbestos containing materials removed in water diluted with dishwashing liquid. This is to minimize the dust and containing fibres from escaping into the air.
- Asbestos materials should not be broken up wherever possible. The sheets should not be broken or torn if you are disposing of them. This reduces the risk of asbestos fibres from the cement from spreading.
- Asbestos should not be handled with bare hands. Rubbers gloves are the best preventative measure for this. Plus, there should be waste disposal bags for the adequate and safe disposal of asbestos.