Abatement begins with a certified asbestos inspector who takes samples of suspected asbestos. Samples are analyzed at a laboratory to determine extent of the problem. The asbestos removal can be complex and includes several site preparations.
Steps Taken When Integrity Core Services Prepares for Asbestos Removal
- Work area established
- HVAC and electrical systems disabled.
- A new electrical system installed to power negative air pressure units that avoid contamination of air outside the work area.
- Decontamination enclosure systems installed.
- Seal openings with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Wet wipe or use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter on non-movable objects to keep asbestos from becoming airborne.
- Seal immobile items with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Cover surface not getting abated with plastic sheeting.
- Post warning signs that read: Danger, Asbestos, Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard, Authorized Personnel Only, Respirators and Protective Clothing Are Required in this Area.
- Clean up using a HEPA vacuum.
- Disposal requires asbestos-containing waste be sealed in leak-tight containers while still wet, then labeled clearly and taken to qualified landfills that have specific requirements for securing the waste and preventing fibers from escaping into the air.
- Vehicles that transport the waste to the landfill have specific requirements and labeling instructions.