Asbestos Abatement Can Cause Exposure That Can Be Dangerous
While asbestos is being rapidly replaced by other materials, the removal of asbestos or asbestos abatement has led to it becoming a specialized field with a lot of professional companies coming into it. The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency has laid down guidelines for asbestos that govern such companies and their handling and disposal of the removed asbestos.
One of the guidelines follows the principle of "If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it." The EPA suggests that asbestos materials that are in good condition will not release asbestos fibers and therefore should be left untouched. They also suggest that removal of asbestos should be done by asbestos abatement companies who are properly qualified.
Asbestos abatement exposure can be dangerous. This can come from renovation procedures in homes and even the cleaning of gutters from roofs that are covered by asbestos sheets. While such brief asbestos exposure is not very dangerous, it can still cause problems that can last for a couple of weeks or months. Ship breaking also leads to short term asbestos exposure. In such cases the proper use of breathing equipment and moistening of the surface can reduce inhalation of fibers.
Firefighter exposure to asbestos is also common when fires have to be tackled in buildings that predate 1980, as after this date the use of asbestos has been barred in construction. This has led to the awareness that firefighters are at the risk of mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Companies that are into asbestos abatement use a lot of safety equipment for their workers which conform to NIOSH standards while OSHA offers inspection and information about asbestos exposure.
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