Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, so it’s essential to take every precaution to protect the health and safety of workers and the general public.
One of the first things we do when starting an asbestos removal job is to identify the presence of asbestos. This can involve taking samples of suspected materials and sending them to a licensed laboratory for testing. Once we’ve confirmed the presence of asbestos, we can start planning the removal process.
In Australia, the regulation of asbestos removal falls under the jurisdiction of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations. As licensed asbestos removal workers, we must complete extensive training in safe removal practices and follow the regulations and codes of practice to ensure safe removal of asbestos.
The National Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos outlines a number of safety requirements for asbestos removal, and we take these requirements very seriously. Some of the key safety requirements for asbestos removal include the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), proper containment and disposal of asbestos, and the use of specialized tools and equipment.
Personal protective equipment is crucial for protecting workers from asbestos exposure. This includes respiratory protection, disposable coveralls, gloves, and eye protection. The PPE must be properly fitted and used according to manufacturer instructions. We also conduct regular fit tests to ensure that our respirators are properly sealing and protecting us from asbestos fibers.
Proper containment and disposal of asbestos is also essential for minimizing the risk of exposure. We use a range of techniques to contain asbestos during removal, including sealing off the work area with plastic sheeting, using negative air pressure machines, and wetting the asbestos material to prevent the release of fibers. We also ensure that all asbestos is disposed of in accordance with EPA regulations, and we track the disposal of all asbestos waste.
Specialized tools and equipment are required for safe asbestos removal, and we use a range of tools and equipment to ensure that asbestos is removed safely and efficiently. This includes HEPA-filtered vacuums, wetting agents to prevent the release of fibers, and controlled demolition techniques that minimize the risk of fiber release. We also avoid using power tools that generate dust, as this can increase the risk of exposure.
In addition to following these safety requirements, we also use work practices that minimize the risk of fiber release. This includes wetting the asbestos material, avoiding aggressive removal techniques that can generate dust, and using careful demolition techniques that minimize the risk of damage to the asbestos-containing material. We also conduct air monitoring during and after asbestos removal to ensure that fiber levels are within safe limits.
Asbestos removal can be a challenging and complex process, but our priority is always to ensure the safety of ourselves, our coworkers, and the general public. We work closely with our clients to ensure that they understand the risks associated with asbestos removal and the steps we’re taking to ensure safe removal. We also prioritize ongoing training and education to ensure that we’re up-to-date with the latest safety requirements and techniques.
We know the importance of following strict safety requirements and rules when it comes to asbestos removal. We take every precaution to protect ourselves, our coworkers, and the general public from exposure to asbestos fibers. By following the regulations and codes of practice for safe asbestos removal, we can ensure that this dangerous substance is removed safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of health problems for everyone involved.