Asbestos is extremely dangerous for people who are not asbestos trained, and it can have severe consequences if handled improperly. Asbestos contractors are specially trained to handle these kinds of situations. Illnesses from asbestos exposure kills thousands of workers each year, many of those being people working in trades.
Since asbestos can still be found today in many buildings in Ireland built before the ban in 1999, it is important to understand what to do in case of exposure.
If there is damage to an area containing asbestos with the release of fibres on site, you should stop all work immediately and prevent anyone from entering the area. Use warning signs to keep people away and aware of the dangers. If possible, cover the affected area with heavy plastic sheeting to contain the debris.
Make sure to check any people who have been in the area for signs of dust or debris on their clothing, to ensure the asbestos will not travel back to their homes. Remove any tainted clothing and seal them in plastic bags or wipe them down with a damp cloth to prevent any dust from becoming airborne. It is also important to have proper contractors asbestos trained to come and evaluate the scene, and take samples to confirm the substance and handle the containment or removal process.
If you are looking for a reliable and quality asbestos contractors to handle any asbestos on your property, OHSS has the expertise to help! With over a decade of experience, we can ensure that asbestos is identified and handled properly.