Asbestos roofing is quite popular and is extensively used as a roofing material, owing to its capability for resisting heat, and as well because of its noise insulation property. Asbestos is also used because of its potential for fireproofing. However, the problem with asbestos roofing or asbestos sprayed roofing is that it has to be removed frequently, especially if ill-maintained. The frequency of the asbestos roof removal depends solely on the time taken by the asbestos roofing to degrade over time.
Now, it is a well-known fact that asbestos can be greatly hazardous to health, and should, therefore, be always handled with great care. Any kind of manhandling this substance or carelessness while dealing with it can lead to contamination of air, water, etc, that can cause great problems for human health.
It is little wonder, therefore, that asbestos roof removal is considered to be a serious job. Asbestos roof removal is only done by experts, who know and as well as adequate skill about the job.
- Before starting with the task of asbestos roof removal, make sure that complete risk assessment has been first done. This step becomes all the more important if the asbestos roof removal is to be done on a much larger scale. To ensure maximum safety, insist that the work is carried according to the norms of the Health and Safety Executive or HSE.
- If possible try to ensure that before asbestos roof removal; you get the roof sprayed with an adequate amount of water. This reduces the chances of dust emissions into the atmosphere.
- Among the most preferable ways to successful asbestos roof removal is the removal of the sheets at once, without breaking them, so that minimum particles are let out into the surrounding atmosphere. Preventing the sliding of the asbestos sheets on top of one another, whole asbestos roof removal is done, should also be ensured.
- Asbestos roof removal should be done in such a way that when the roof is dismantled, minimum falling and breakage occurs. Also, after the roof has been removed, ensure that the leftovers are properly packed away in packages marked “asbestos”. These packages may or may not be tightly sealed. However, these packages must be polythene packages. Now, these can be sent away to disposal sites, where asbestos disposal takes place.
- For asbestos roof removal, some equipment is also needed. These include protective clothing, comprising everything starting from head coverings to gloves, to overall clothing to even boots. It also includes equipment such as a respirator.
- Following the asbestos roof removal, the workers are also expected to do away with their equipment and as well as all other leftover substances. These must be disposed of immediately and effectively, to prevent any danger to others’ health. After asbestos roof removal, it is also necessary to ensure that the entire is properly cleaned up.