Whilst many decorating and renovation jobs can be DIYed, the removal of asbestos is one that should never be attempted.
Asbestos is a substance that was commonly used in building materials up until 1999. It is now illegal to sell products containing asbestos as it is known to be an extremely dangerous substance that poses a significant health risk if not managed correctly. When inhaled, asbestos can increase the risk of cancers and respiratory disease.
Whether in the home or the workplace, asbestos should only ever be dealt with by experienced and licensed professionals.
Here are the four main dangers of handling asbestos if you’re not a trained professional.
Fibres Could Become Airborne
Without specialist training it is very easy to disturb asbestos fibres so that they become airborne. This is when asbestos becomes most dangerous as the tiny toxic fibres are inhaled as dust and become lodged in the chest.
It May Be Better Left Undisturbed
In some instances, it is far safer to leave asbestos undisturbed than it is to try to remove it and risk it becoming airborne. If you’re not a professional, you may not know which approach is safest.
Fibres Could Be Transferred From One Location to Another
Asbestos requires specialist handling with protective disposable clothing and equipment. Without this it is easy to transfer this dangerous material from one location to another.
You Could Be Breaking the Law
There are several regulations in place as set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSA) to ensure proper and safe handling of asbestos. Failure to follow these regulations could result in prosecution by the HSA.
Putting Others’ Health at Risk
Most importantly, these regulations are in place because asbestos is a dangerous, toxic substance that has been classified as a carcinogen. Failure to follow health and safety regulations relating to its handling can put not just your own health at risk, but the health of family or employees who also use the building.
If you suspect you have asbestos in your building, contact our experts here at Slime & Grime to find out if it is a job we can help with. Our experts have been safely removing asbestos from buildings according to the guidelines set out by the HSE for many years. Give us a call on 0845 604 3452 for a free quote on your job.