Despite being banned in the UK for many years, the threat of asbestos exposure still looms at the worksite and at homes. It remains a public concern for which preventive actions should be taken. Asbestos exposure has been linked with various lung diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and fatal lung cancer.
In order to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure, you should follow the five tips that are mentioned in this article.
1. Asbestos Survey
Asbestos survey is the first step to manage the risk of asbestos exposure. A licensed asbestos removal company can carry out a detailed asbestos analysis to determine the presence of asbestos fibres. If you suspect that asbestos might be present at your home or worksite, you should contact experts for identification of asbestos at the work site.
2. Asbestos Safety Training
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 in the UK requires that employers at high-risk worksite should provide asbestos training to the employees. The employees should be given detailed information about asbestos risks, if present at the worksite. The amount of information about asbestos exposure depends on the level of the risks present at the workplace.
Employees who are involved in directly handling asbestos should receive in-depth training about safe handling practices. The training will help in not just prevent employees from in advertently being exposed to asbestos fibres, but also reduce the risk of the company facing a costly lawsuit for asbestos exposure.
3. Take Caution during Repair Works at Old Homes
Older homes are most likely to contain asbestos materials. Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999. So, homes made prior to 2000 may contain asbestos materials. Before carrying out a major renovation project, it’s recommended that you contact a licensed asbestos removal company.
A licensed asbestos removal contractor will carry on a detailed analysis to determine the presence of asbestos. In case asbestos is detected, the company can carry out asbestos removal to eliminate the threat.
4. Be Careful When Repairing Broken Tiles
There is no knowing whether the floor, ceiling, or wall tile contains asbestos until a detailed asbestos survey is carried out by a professional company. In case the floor or ceiling tile is broken or fallen, it’s important that you leave it in place until properly identified. Only after it is confirmed that the tile does not contain asbestos should you remove it. Also, a licensed asbestos removal contractor should be hired for identification and disposal of these tiles.
5. Remain Extra Careful When Repairing Pipes
You should remain vigilant and don’t disturb pipe insulation. Never drill, cut, saw, hammer, break, or disturb the pipe in any way. In case your house was built prior to 2000, it’s recommended that you contact a professional contractor for asbestos survey and removal.
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