A Step-by-Step Guide to Safe Removal of Asbestos

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Asbestos was widely used in the Australian construction industry until the 1980s when it was discovered that it can cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. The substance is still present in many buildings, particularly those built before the 1990s. Asbestos removal can be a complex process and must be conducted by a professional. In this blog post, we will run through asbestos removal and provide a step-by-step guide to safe abatement. PRC Building Services is a leading national provider of asbestos removal services, and we have years of experience and expertise in the field.

Identification: The first step in asbestos removal is identification. A qualified professional will conduct an inspection and take samples to identify the presence of asbestos. It is important not to disturb any materials suspected of containing asbestos until the inspection is complete. Once the inspection is complete, the asbestos removal professional will provide a plan of action to safely remove the asbestos.

Preparation: Before starting asbestos removal, a qualified professional must prepare the site to avoid the spread of asbestos fibres. This involves sealing off the area, using negative air pressure, installing HEPA filters, and donning protective equipment. The removal team will also set up an airlock system to prevent the spread of asbestos to other areas of the building.

Removal: The actual asbestos removal process involves carefully removing the materials containing asbestos and disposing of them appropriately. The removal team will use specialized tools and techniques to safely remove the asbestos and minimize the risk of exposure. The asbestos-containing materials will be double-bagged, labelled, and transported to a licensed disposal facility.

Cleaning: Once the asbestos has been removed, the site must be thoroughly cleaned using specialized equipment and techniques. The removal team will use HEPA vacuums and wet wiping to remove any remaining asbestos fibres. Air monitoring may also be conducted to ensure the site is safe for re-occupancy.

Clearance: The final step in asbestos removal is clearance. A qualified independent assessor will conduct air monitoring and surface testing to ensure that there is no asbestos present. Once the air monitoring and surface testing have been completed and the results have been verified, the removal team will provide a certificate of clearance.

Asbestos removal is a complex process that must be conducted by a qualified professional to ensure the safety of workers and occupants of the building. PRC Building Services has the experience and expertise to provide safe and effective asbestos removal services. If you suspect that your building contains asbestos, contact PRC Building Services today for a consultation and asbestos inspection. Safe asbestos removal is critical to the health of your building’s occupants and future generations. Let us help you protect them.