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Asbestos Waste Disposal

Date Added: November 23, 2011 12:19:55 PM
Author: saber2
Category: Asbestos Waste Disposal

Asbestos is a material that has many applications in a wide range of industries. On the other hand, improper handling and disposal can cause many health complications. That being said, there are a few things an individual or company can do to safely dispose waste asbestos. They include:


1.     Proper protective equipment

People that work with asbestos are the most likely to get harmed. They should wear the correct protective clothing when working with and disposing asbestos. This equipment will keep workers from inhaling the asbestos fibers that can cause many respiratory health problems. Some of this equipment includes:

  • Airline respirators – These provide workers with clean air during work that produces asbestos particles and fibers e.g. packaging, waste removal, etc.
  • Overalls – These prevent fibers from clinging onto workers’ clothes or from coming into contact with the skin. It is an effective way to stay safe from harmful asbestos. These overalls can either be disposable or reusable.
  • Harsh detergents – These are required to wash clothing exposed to waste asbestos. There are special detergents for this kind of thing because normal ones just don’t work.
  • Special vacuum cleaners – These are used to suck up small asbestos particles and fibers. They are used when working with asbestos and in the disposal process.
  • Protective shoes – Workers have to prevent damage to their feet when moving large pieces of waste asbestos.

A company must invest in high quality protective equipment for its staff.


2.     Proper storage and disposal

Asbestos fibers and particles are the main causative agents of related bodily illnesses and environmental damage. This means that an individual or company should find ways to contain them. A few things that could be done in this respect include:

  • Clear labels – Waste asbestos has to be labeled You can even go further by putting all waste asbestos in tightly sealed and well-labeled containers.
  • Clear it away – A company has to remove waste asbestos from areas where it can be disturbed causing it to release fibers, particles and fumes. This is usually done with damaged asbestos.

Keeping relevant people informed on safe disposal procedures will prevent any sicknesses involved with asbestos.

 

3.     Hiring a disposal management company

A business that is not in a position to dispose waste asbestos in a safe way should instead opt for an asbestos disposal management company. These companies have all the equipment needed for safe asbestos disposal. They can provide containers and labels to store and seal waste asbestos or transport it away from the premises.

A disposal management company usually has highly skilled individuals that are familiar with the safest disposal techniques that are in line with Australian law. A company that opts for this method will not have to worry about containment, health problems or any other problem associated with asbestos.


These companies are also readily available, with each having very affordable rates. In some cases, you may find that using a disposal management company is cheaper and more effective than handling the disposal yourself.

 

In a nutshell it is important to dispose waste asbestos in the proper way. Improper disposal can have adverse consequences.