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Why It’s Important: The Asbestos Decontamination & Recycling Process

Asbestos decontamination is crucial, and it’s important to manage and dispose of asbestos as safely as possible. Improperly handling
asbestos can put everyone at risk of developing health diseases associated with asbestos, like mesothelioma, lung cancer, and more.
There are tight laws on handling and disposing of asbestos-containing products that can help everyone stay safe and prevent exposure.

Asbestos is a lethal carcinogen that should only be handled by licenced and insured asbestos abatement professionals. We don’t
recommend removing or even touching the asbestos fibres yourself, since if you disrupt them, they can become even more harmful.

Asbestos removal professionals are highly trained and qualified to fulfil all federal and state requirements to keep everyone safe and
remove asbestos safely. Some of the federal and state legislation on decontamination is below:

Planning and Preparing the Project Appropriately Before the job is started, licenced and insured professionals will need to analyse the
magnitude and severity of the abatement endeavor. They’ll have to secure the right government permits in order to move forward with the
project. Once all of the logistics are secured, the work space will need to be cordoned off with plastic sheeting and negative air pressure
equipment. Warning signs will also be erected to notify others that abatement is underway.

Safety Protocols in the Work Area: HVAC systems will be disabled to prevent the asbestos fibres from circulating through the air. Works
will use wet wipes or a HEPA vacuum to clear the asbestos from immovable objects to control dust. The HEPA vacuum will be used to
clean up the area too when the abatement process is finished.

Creating Decontamination Units: Enclosed units must be installed in and around the work area for workers to remove any contaminated
clothing, shoes, and tools that were used during the abatement process.

Asbestos Recycling & The Benefits

Once the asbestos abatement procedure is completed, the professionals will recycle the dangerous fibres in one of three safe ways. The
US Department of Energy makes it possible to transform asbestos products into non-toxic materials. It’s commonly called asbestos
recycling, and it can be complex and expensive. The three methods for recycling asbestos are:

Heating asbestos-containing materials in a sodium hydroxide solution above 1,250 degrees Celsius breaks down asbestos. The process
results in thermal decomposition of asbestos fibres and produces a type of non-hazardous glass.

using microwave thermal treatment to turn asbestos into ceramic bricks or porcelain tiles.

The last method is using a high-speed milling process to break asbestos fibres down into nonhazardous inert minerals.

Asbestos recycling is an ethical way to deal with how many products with asbestos are still around. Recycling the dangerous fibres will
help in the long run. Some of the benefits are below:

The only permanent solution is to destroy the asbestos fibres and convert them into a non-hazardous substance.

Reducing Waste: Reducing the volume of asbestos-containing materials significantly, saving space in landfills.

Creating Reusable Products: The end products that are still safe to use can be reused in a variety of applications.

Offsetting Costs of Abatement: Recycling asbestos can offset the cost of abatement by producing material for safe use rather than
dumping hazardous waste.

How Asbestos Removal 247 Can Assist You

Asbestos Removal 247 has been inspecting, testing, and removing asbestos in the Glasgow area for over 30 years, and we’ve perfected
our abatement and decontamination processes. If you believe you have asbestos in your home, it’s important to schedule your inspection
as soon as possible.

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