Asbestos is commonly blue, brown and white. White asbestos is the least dangerous, but if you disturbed or damaged, it can also release hazardous fibres that harm the lungs when they are inhaled. You can recognise white asbestos by its off-white colour and often times hardened or fibrous texture, most commonly found in roof sheeting or insulation of both residential and commercial buildings. It is also possible to find it in older vehicles, when repairing or replacing mechanical parts or working on heating systems and insulated pipes.
The real danger is when the materials are so damaged that removal is required, as this disturbance can very likely cause the fibres to be released into the air. This situation is when it is most important to take the right steps in management, removal, and disposal.
When you notice white asbestos materials on your property, be sure to take the necessary measures to control the situation. Take extra care when moving, cutting, or drilling into any materials that may contain white asbestos. If you do notice damage and signs, such as flaking or powder showing where surfaces are cracked, indicating white asbestos is exposed, then close off the area right away, and follow an asbestos management plan. All asbestos should be treated as a danger to your health. Anyone in the spaces where asbestos is exposed should wear a face mask and disposable coverings over their clothes.
If you need someone to help with your asbestos management, OHSS has the training and the expertise to handle any removal and asbestos disposal. With over a decade of experience in the industry, we can ensure that every step of asbestos disposal is done correctly and safely.