Over recent decades, asbestos has become one of the biggest disappointments in the building industry. Once touted as a miracle material to provide insulation, while also being flame retardant, it has become one of the biggest public health disasters of the twenty-first century. What was once used for roofing, plumbing and insulation in most homes, asbestos is causing more trouble than any other building material in history. It is not dangerous if left contained, but once it is released into the air, it can cause illnesses to the lungs and other body systems.
Any unlicensed person is legally allowed to make an asbestos roof replacement. There are very little laws governing the actual removal of asbestos from a home as long as it is not a commercial residence, and as long as you are doing the removal yourself.
Precautions to take when you are removing the roofing material
When you remove asbestos, you must use a mask certified for fine particle removal. A simple construction mask will not protect you. A respirator must be worn at all times. They purify the air as you breathe and remove all the fine particles in the air. They will come with an HEPA filter cartridge and have either an R-100. N-100 or P-100 NIOSH rating.
Asbestos fibers are dangerous because they can penetrate microscopically, which means they can penetrate your eyes. Wear protective safety goggles to ensure that you don't get any falling fibers into your eyes. Not one, but two sets of coveralls are recommended for safe removal. The coveralls should never be removed inside the home or around other individuals. Dispose of them immediately, along with the other removal waste, in a designated area. Lastly, disposable gloves that fit tight over the coveralls are imperative to keep the fibers from getting into your hands and contaminating whatever you touch.
Disposal rules for an asbestos roof replacement
There are rules that govern the disposal of asbestos. Asbestos roofing materials may not be put into regular waste reciprocals. There are special facilities that are licensed to dispose of asbestos and other hazardous materials. It is unlawful to dispose knowingly of hazardous waste to unlicensed disposal companies. If you are going to remove the asbestos material yourself, you have to ensure that you are disposing of the asbestos in licensed containers. Those companies will be responsible for taking the proper measures to guarantee the safety of citizens surrounding the area and the environment.
When possible, it is always best to encapsulate asbestos instead of removing it. There are times when that is not possible. Make sure always to wear the proper removal gear and dispose of any materials worn or removed in the proper way. For more information about safe asbestos removal, contact a company like A.C.R. Roofing Pty Ltd.