Asbestos that was widely used in various buildings is today a banned material in many countries like the US, Europe and now in the Middle East as well. Studies have revealed that prolonged exposure to this material may cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma (cancer of the chest and stomach cavities). Since it was praised as the Miracle Mineral due to its acoustical, insulating and fire resistant properties, it was widely used over the last century in commercial, industrial and residential buildings. And now there are very strict guidelines regarding the removal and disposal of asbestos.
Asbestos is an excellent insulator that does not burn. Today we have realised the serious problems asbestos caused and how to deal with it and keep people safe from it devastating effects. Removal of Asbestos materials safely requires special training that EPSCO team is well versed in.
Respirators are not the first line of defense against exposure to Asbestos fibers. Engineering controls are the most important steps by using wet down procedures, negative air, Containment, HEPA vacuums and ongoing monitoring.
Safety is of paramount importance because the illness only becomes apparent after 20-30 years after exposure. Safety controls while removing asbestos is absolutely critical and training is of paramount importance. All clothing is disposed of after being used in a contaminated area. All staff go through a decontamination process to ensure no fibers are taken out of the contaminated area. All removed Asbestos has to be disposed off as per local regulations with a special license at dedicated land field. All Asbestos waste of contaminated clothing is double bagged in thick 200 micron plastic bags, all duly labelled with warning information.