Asbestos disposal is a process which should be undertaken in a professional manner as you ensure that asbestos in your premises is removed. Asbestos waste is classified into two main categories which are:
- Asbestos fibre and dust waste.
- Asbestos which is stabilised.
Dust waste and asbestos fiber
Asbestos fiber and dust waste can be mentioned to be any waste that has trace amounts of asbestos fibres or dust in it. Examples of such waste include acoustic insulation, brake lining dust, dust that comes from ventilation collection systems and thermal insulation.
Asbestos which has been stabilised is waste that may have asbestos which is bonded in a matrix. Examples of such types of waste include bituminous roofing sheets or floor tiles and asbestos cement sheeting.
There are some SUEZ sites which will allow asbestos disposal to be undertaken but they have strict conditions which come with this authorisation to ensure that all the potential health risks are dealt with so that asbestos disposal does not harm any individual who may be near the site. There are guidelines to be followed to ensure that your asbestos disposal procedures are safe. They include:
The small quantities of asbestos can undergo asbestos disposal by following the following procedure:
- The asbestos sheets should each be wet thoroughly with a lot of water.
- The asbestos waste should be wrapped in builders plastic which is a heavy duty.
- The package should then be fully sealed with duct tape or builders tape in quantities which are reasonable for unloading purposes.
- When unloading the asbestos, it must be carefully handled to ensure that there is no asbestos dust released.
When doing asbestos disposal in large quantities the following procedures need to be followed.
- The vehicle or container that shall be used in asbestos disposal should be lined with builders plastic sheeting which is heavy duty.
- The sheet of the waste should be wet thoroughly using water.
- The asbestos is then loaded onto the vehicle or container.
- The plastic sheeting should be folded over the waste and then it should be secured using duct tape or builders tape.
- When unloading the waste, you should ensure that there is minimal or no dust which is released.
Asbestos disposal of dust waste and asbestos fibre varies from state to state. The states provide their procedures and regulations as to how proper asbestos disposal should occur. All bags that are used in asbestos disposal should be marked with the words 'Caution: Asbestos' to ensure that people know the contents of the bag and handle them carefully.