4 Key Steps in the Removal of Asbestos Roofs





Asbestos Roof Removal Crew At Work

There are a number of regulated guidelines that dictate the process of asbestos removal from roofs.  This will ensure that the exercise is done safely and in accordance with building regulations. This will go a long way in maintaining worker safety and avoiding any unnecessary legal implications.  Here is a brief overview of the steps.

Preparing the Work Area

Good preparation of the work space will make sure that the process goes smoothly while reducing any possible risks that are likely to occur.  When carrying out asbestos removal it is of utmost importance to ensure that the necessary access is made to the most problematic areas.  A sturdy, easy to use, stable platform should be set up to allow easy transition of equipment and workers.  When dealing with potentially harmful substances it is important to restrict access only to authorized workers and place clear notices.

Roof Panel Removal

Right Equipment

Standard renovation equipment may not necessarily apply to asbestos removal because this is an intricate procedure that requires specialized equipment.  Some of the common materials used include plastic sheeting (500-100 gauge) and duct tape for protection from contamination.

Specialized Equipment for Asbestos Roof Removal

If you require wetting during the procedure you will need a water sprayer much like the garden sprayer.  For cleaning purposes you will require items such as water, rugs, buckets and cleaning agents.  There will be waste produced during the process therefore, waste containers are required. Ensure that you label them well.

Quality Protective Gear   

Protective Clothing

Considering that the workers will be working close to asbestos containing material, which is potentially hazardous, it is important to invest in protective gear such as boots, overalls (disposable), respiratory protective equipment.  Most of the gear should be disposable in order to ensure that potential contaminants are not inadvertently spread.

Proper Disposal  

The process of removal and disposal of asbestos needs to be done carefully. Direct contact should be avoided.  Once the roof is removed it should be lowered slowly and not dropped to the ground which could release asbestos particles into the air. The roofing components should then be well wrapped in plastic sheeting and disposed of correctly.

If you are not a DIY expert you should hire the services of roof removal experts for this job.

Worker during the removal of the asbestos roof

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