With many health risks surrounding asbestos, it is important that those most likely to encounter the dangerous fibre are fully aware of how to handle accidental exposure. Working in construction and demolition, being a first responder such as a firefighter, and working as a custodian are all common industries in which workers come across asbestos.
Below, AAR Environmental have detailed four measures that you can take to prevent asbestos exposure at work.
Contact AAR Environmental for a survey
Before you begin working within an area that you suspect could contain asbestos, it is best to ease your worries by hiring a professional company that can survey the site. AAR Environmental are able to provide specialist asbestos support in a number of related fields, such as comprehensive audits of the area and extensive risk assessments ideally carried out to prevent asbestos exposure at work. Once our team have deemed the site safe, you can begin work knowing that both you and your colleagues are safe.
Wear protective clothing
One simple way to prevent asbestos exposure at work is to enforce the use of protective gear, such as overalls or heavy duty boots. The inhalation of asbestos is what can lead to serious health problems in the future, so protect yourself by wearing a respiratory mask whenever you are on site. Do not wear your protective clothing home – leave it on site and once the work has been fully completed, dispose of the clothing in a way that abides with local asbestos disposal guidelines.
Using a vacuum instead of a broom is another measure you can take to prevent asbestos exposure at work. A vacuum cleaner which is solely dedicated to clearing up areas with asbestos can mitigate the need for a broom, which will only kick up the dust and increase the risk of exposure.
Avoid handling broken construction materials
When contained, asbestos materials are not harmful to workers. It is only when the asbestos-containing material is broken or damaged, and the harmful fibres seep into the air, that the safety of your workers could be compromised. Absolutely avoid touching these materials, or call in a professional removal firm that can extract the broken construction material safely.
It is integral that you do not handle asbestos-containing materials if you are not licensed to do so. AAR Environmental is a leading expert in the asbestos industry, having provided our removal services for over 30 years. If you would like contact our specialist team regarding the removal of asbestos from your property or place of work, do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01923 260043 at your earliest convenience.