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20 Tips for Community Asbestos Safety

Understanding Asbestos – 20 Key Points For Health And Safety

#1: Some 33 percent of households throughout Australia have asbestos, found in materials like the weatherboard, brick and fibrous material.

#2: Asbestos has been accepted and included inside of many construction projects that were built prior to the year 1987, due to changes in law and standards.

#3: You and the people inside of your household can be in serious danger from a health and safety standpoint if any asbestos is moved or disturbed during work inside of your home.

#4: You should never tackle any do it yourself projects if your home has asbestos in a particular area.

#5: You should always operate with any kind of work under the assumption that you have asbestos, just to be on the safe side.

#6: Even though asbestos is incredibly serious, you need to understand that it is completely manageable.

#7: Any time you think that you may have asbestos in your building, you should make sure that you reach out to an asbestos removal contractor who is licensed and insured.

#8: You may have asbestos in any number of materials that are created with asbestos cement, including drainage systems, roof components, gutters and floors. This material could literally be in any component of your home.

#9: If you spot an asbestos outbreak — DO. NOT. TOUCH IT! This means don’t cut it. This means don’t drill, scratch, wipe, scrape or otherwise manipulate it. Call up a professional at once.

#10: If you leave asbestos alone, you typically will not have to worry about the potential health risk that comes with the territory. In a lot of situations, you will not even have to worry about removing the material. Instead, make sure that you leave it alone and constantly get the area inspected for any signs of wear and tear.

#11: Make sure to check with your jurisdiction in order to know the laws and statutes that dictate the removal of asbestos in your local and surrounding area.

#12: You might feel comfortable with getting rid of asbestos on your own, but the best way to go about this is always to reach out to a licensed and insured asbestos removal contractor that can look out for you. This way, you and your entire household will remain safe and sound.

#13: If the asbestos in your home is friable, meaning that it is loose and detached, you should hire the help of asbestos contractors who are used to and equipped to handle such matters.

#14: It is better to pay for asbestos removal than to avoid paying for it. This work is usually pretty affordable and always necessary.

#15: You will find that asbestos removal cost is typically on par with other services offered by plumbers, electricians and other such professionals.

#16: You will typically have disposal costs included in any kind of asbestos removal project that you seek.

#17: Sometimes, handling asbestos can be unavoidable. However, if you must handle it, make sure that you thoroughly research the legal matters and health and safety issues associated with having this material removed.

#18: Any time you work to remove asbestos, you should acquire and wear the proper safety gear and clothing to help you out. This way, you will not breath in asbestos dust or get it on your skin.

#19: Never, ever, ever use power tools like drills or saws on areas that might be affected by asbestos.
#20: If you are ever in doubt, just touch base with a pro.

Updated: December 31, 2015 — 3:22 am

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