Asbestos is a cover name ascribed to a group of naturally forming fibrous materials. Though previously extensively used, asbestos is currently restricted in its usage. From the mid of 1940 to the 80s, it was commonly used in a lot of domestic household appliances goods and building products, owing to its strength and being heat resistant. Today, its removal is being recommended in some situations, especially if it gets broken for it release harmful fibers into the air.

Common Bathroom Areas Likely To Have Asbestos

• Bathroom walls, ceiling, and floors.
• Boilers insulation and pipe-work
• Bathroom rainwater pipes
• Extension bathroom roofing

Advice On Asbestos Cement

Asbestos cement products are finely bonded building materials, frequently employed in bathroom tiling and roofing. Care should be taken so as not to confuse asbestos insulation board with asbestos cement because they look similar in terms of appearance. Asbestos insulation board is more hazardous because it is softer. To inhale asbestos dust is hazardous. It is therefore recommended that individual householders should only remove the asbestos cement with some expert to do the job. All other asbestos types of bathroom asbestos removal should be performed by a trained and licensed asbestos contractor only.

The following precautions and advice only apply to asbestos cement. The other kinds of asbestos are generally more dangerous and call for more stringent precautions. They require specialized management and disposal typically best offered by an asbestos removal contractor who is government licensed.

Who May Undertake Removal Of Asbestos Cement?

• The All-Purpose Builder

Many general builders could perform the removal of asbestos cement without requiring licensed personnel. They, however, must adhere to the prescribed safe working procedures and make suitable provision for the proper disposal of asbestos waste in accordance with the Work Safe Occupational Health and Safety regulations and laws of their respective State or Territory.

It is essential that you plan well for the job; acquire the equipment and materials needed for the task as well as make suitable disposal arrangements. The majority of the jobs may be performed in relative safety if the remover pays due attention to detail and adheres to laid down safety protocols. The NOHSC Code of Practice for the Management and Control of Asbestos (2005) offer asbestos removers useful guidelines on safety procedures to be observed.

The following precautions may be observed to reduce the risk to a minimum level:

• It is strongly recommended that you wear a suitable face mask or an approved respirator and disposable coveralls.

• Plan the removal in such a way that the asbestos material itself gets actually handled as little as feasible so as to reduce the release of the harmful fibers.

• Avoid generating asbestos cement dust by not using power tools or breaking up the material. In addition, avoid wire brushing or sanding down asbestos cement.

Removal And Disposal

All asbestos cement waste ought to be wrapped securely in double layered strong polyethylene and then sealed with strong duct tape. After usage, all the protective equipment and gear ought to be also disposed of as asbestos waste. This should be disposed in an approved government waste site and not in the general garbage collection dump.