If you have found the presence of asbestos in your facility, and you worry about the asbestos removal techniques that must be used, there are a few things to understand about the process.
First, the removal of any asbestos-containing material (ACM) must be carried out by a specialist contractor with an understanding of how to properly manage and contain the threat of exposure. As removal carries the most risk, it will be determined first if the material can be encapsulated, or protected, in order to contain the possibility of exposure. The correct choice depends on the location and current condition of the ACM. If the conditions require removal, as the ACM may not be sound enough for the encapsulation to properly adhere, then there are several different ways this is achieved.
The kind of asbestos removal techniques used will have an effect on the amount of asbestos fibres that may become airborne. The best method will be the one that poses the least risk with the kind of materials present. The two broadest categories used for the process are in either wet stripping or dry stripping. The wet spray is the most preferred method, and it typically involves a wet spray of constant low-pressure water to be applied to the material in order to suppress the fibres from being released into the air.
A soaking method is used if the material is too thick for a spray to suppress the asbestos, and it involves injecting water directly into the material for better control.
The dry method is the least advised, as it has the highest risk during removal, and is only used if the conditions require it. If you need professional assistance with asbestos removal, contact us at OHSS. Our team has the proper training and experience to safely remove any asbestos-containing materials your facility might have.