Managing asbestos based materials

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For the buildings that were built in the 50s, asbestos may have been among the main materials used in construction. Today a large number of them are being used for commercial purposes and employ scores of people. With time, and a lot of research, it has come to light that asbestos has several life threatening implications if one is exposed to it for a long time. One of them is even carcinogenic and can be fatal. In order to prevent such unnecessary exposure, it is essential that every business and old residential space conduct an asbestos survey along with an experienced asbestos surveyor.

According to legal requirements, it is necessary for a business owner to conduct an asbestos survey so that all asbestos containing materials can be located. The regulations vary a bit depending on whether you are a residential owner or a business owner. The primary reason this has become a legal duty is to ensure that reasonable amount of care is taken to prevent any unnecessary exposure to the substance. This can also happen unknowingly, when the asbestos containing material may be disturb by some work that may be going on there. There has already been a great deal of exposure and the estimate is that around 20,000 workers may end up dying by 2050 from mesothelioma, which is a fatal illness caused from asbestos exposure.

With a survey, you at least have an idea of how much you have on your premises and how much you have to dispose off, as well as how you are going to do it. Legally, here are a few considerations that you will have to keep in mind. It becomes your duty to take as many reasonable steps to ensure that you find the location of asbestos containing materials. If unsure, then you treat every substance as containing asbestos till you have reason to believe otherwise. You will have to maintain written records on where the asbestos is located and how it has been dealt with. For materials that remain with you till treated, you will have to follow its condition and have that in your written records.

You will also need to assess the amount of exposure to asbestos and the materials that are presumed to have it. Finally, the professional will have to advice you on how best to treat or handle your asbestos containing materials. Once you are sure of how to go about things, your employees can be rest assured that they are in safe environs.

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This article was published on 2012/03/28