How do you properly dispose of Asbestos?
Asbestos was a widely-used construction material from way back in the late 60s all the way till the end of the last century when it was comprehensively banned just about all over the world due to its tendency of releasing microfibers whenever it was damaged or broken in any way. These minuscule fibres could easily wreak havoc on the environment in which they have been released and cause a veritable host of highly dangerous physical maladies.
However, before understanding how and why it should be disposed of safely, it is imperative that we understand precisely ‘what’ Asbestos is all about. It is in fact, a naturally occurring mineral that was in effect, widely used in the construction industry. This material typically consists of several long, ultra-thin, crystalline fibres that are bonded together to make a waterproof and external environment proof material that is most often used as a cheap alternative to many other more expensive roofing solutions such as bricks and asphalt tiles, for instance.
Some of the more common Asbestos sheeting that are generally available in the Uk include the following:
- Blue asbestos
- White asbestos
- Brown asbestos
All of the above were once used extensively to fuel the relatively inexpensive construction boom that occurred in the UK and continued all the way to the 1980s onwards.
As a matter of fact, once Asbestos was considered the most cost effective yet efficient roofline material available in the world and just about all construction companies (both big and small) used Asbestos in their construction processes, especially for garages, outhouses, and sheds.
But, in time realisation set in that this erstwhile ‘dream material’ was actually a nightmare and once broken or cracked, leaked its microfibers that led to such dangerous illnesses such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and even a unique disease known as “Asbestosis.” From maintenance workers to the good people who actually lived in the buildings where Asbestos sheets had been used, just about no one was ever safe from this pestilence, for that is precisely what it has become.
Disposal of Asbestos Waste
Any cracked Asbestos sheet or panel could potentially be a sure-fire means of releasing these highly toxic micro fibres into the atmosphere at large. This is why it is absolutely imperative that maximum security precautions be used to ensure that it does not happen.
The waste material should be double bagged in sealed and airtight plastic bags and disposed of at the nearest Asbestos disposal centres created for this sole purpose of getting rid of them.
Any and all items of clothing including shoes, gloves and coverall should also be disposed of, in the same manner, to ensure that there is no contamination that may lead to a potential health hazard.