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Asbestos – To See How Dangerous it is, Learn how it’s Removed

As we’ve all seen in recent years, asbestos has been discovered to be an incredibly dangerous substance, and one that leads to health conditions including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, three maladies that basically destroy the lungs and for which there is no cure. We’ve all also heard the news that asbestos is a substance that needs to be avoided, and there is a lot of information available in regards to how to do so.

However, one aspect of this troubling issue that does not get much attention is just how detailed and unbelievably particular the process of removing asbestos from any location needs to be in order to be sure that people are not infected or exposed to the substance. Below are just a few examples of the precautions that need to be made according to a permit application for asbestos removal.

Information Required

Before you can even begin to remove asbestos, you need to file paperwork with the local government to do so. This paperwork is basically an application, and the applicant must describe what asbestos detection procedure will be used. The application must also estimate the amount of asbestos present in the facility.

Beyond these basic facts, the approving body must also be made aware of the scheduled dates of asbestos removal, who will be removing the asbestos and where the asbestos will be placed after it’s been removed from the premises in question. Assuming all of these facts are acceptable to the ruling body, the firm is then able to remove the asbestos with a permit.

The Removal Process

The removal process, as you would expect, is quite detailed in nature. The workers who are removing these materials must wear extensive protective suits, and the basic point is to prevent any fibers that are sent into the air from getting into the lungs. Any puncture in such a suit means that the worker must leave the area immediately.

Not only do the workers need to be protected, but the asbestos that’s being removed must also be very carefully sealed. Every ounce, fleck, fiber or flake of asbestos must be sealed in plastic or some other container that is completely air-tight, and only extremely durable containers and sealants can be used.

Overall

Obviously, this is a very brief overview of how asbestos abatement occurs. What should also be obvious is that if the removal of asbestos requires all these steps, imagine the damage asbestos has caused in people who inhaled those fibers for years. If you have been harmed by exposure to asbestos, contact the asbestos lawyers at Williams Hart today to schedule an initial consultation.

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