Asbestos in your building might not be something you think about often. It’s a bad idea to ignore this massive risk to the health and safety of both your employees and your customers. Be sure you are informed about the potential risks of asbestos, and what you should do about it.
Before the 1980s, when asbestos was found to be a health risk, many buildings used asbestos as a flame retardant. Asbestos is not used today because of the often-life-threatening health problems it causes, but depending on how old your building is, it may still contain asbestos. Here are a few facts you need to know about problems with asbestos in your building and how your industrial roof repair company can help.
1. What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral that is both heat-resistant and can be woven into fibers which are both soft and flexible but also heat and chemical resistant. This makes it very easy to work with, and in particular, it can be woven into fabrics and other materials to strengthen them.
For these reasons, asbestos has until relatively recently been used extensively in construction and other projects. It was specifically used for insulation purposes in buildings, especially in small and difficult to reach spaces.
2. Why Asbestos is a Problem
In the mid-1980s, it was discovered that asbestos is actually highly toxic. The asbestos insulation fibers in your walls and ceiling, with age, release particles. These particles when breathed in, can cause life-threatening health problems. Asbestos is known to be highly carcinogenic and is banned from use in products in 55 countries, including Canada.
3. How to Tell if Your Building Contains Asbestos
If your building is over 30 years old, there is a good chance that the insulation contains asbestos. You should try to find records of an asbestos abatement being carried out in your building. If not, you can call your industrial roof repair company to perform an inspection for asbestos. It is best to do this promptly, since the longer the asbestos is left alone, the higher the health risk to your employees.
;4. What to Do If You Have an Asbestos Problem
If you do have an asbestos problem, you will need professional help from your industrial roof repair company to remove it. Specialized tools and training are required to remove asbestos safely, so to avoid health risks you should refrain from disturbing the asbestos materials yourself.
5. How Your Industrial Roof Repair Company Performs an Asbestos Abatement
Asbestos removal is a process made difficult by the large health risks involved. The entire area with the asbestos must be closed off to prevent health problems from employees or customers entering a contaminated area.
The asbestos particles themselves are contained by machines that set up negative air pressure, which prevents contaminated air from escaping the area. A specific type of vacuum is required to remove the asbestos particles. The entire removal process can take up to 3 days.
In some cases, such as asbestos underneath the floor, removal is not necessary, and the asbestos can be contained safely. You should ask your industrial roof repair company for advice as every situation is different.
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- Asbestos is a serious health risk for your employees and customers.
- The only way to really be sure about whether your building contains asbestos is to have an inspection done by your industrial roof repair company.
- At BML Roofing, we can handle all of your asbestos-related needs at the best prices on the market. Contact us today to learn more.