Removing Asbestos

Disadvantages of Removing Asbestos Yourself

In some places in Canada, one of the leading causes of occupational deaths is due to exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, and other asbestos-related cancer are just some of the most dangerous diseases any person can develop because of prolonged exposure to the toxic material.

It is highly recommended by the Canadian government for homeowners to hire a professional asbestos removal company to handle any asbestos removal task because of how harmful asbestos can be, especially if not handled the right way. The government even advises everyone to refrain from disturbing any asbestos materials at all.

However, there are still some who insist on doing the jobs themselves to save money. While it is not really illegal for individuals to do the removal themselves, there are strict regulations that should be followed if you really want to carry on the task independently.

If you truly want to do the job with no help from professionals, you must take into consideration the disadvantages of removing asbestos yourself:

  • First of all, you would need to have all the appropriate protective clothing and gear before you start removing the toxic material. The complete protective clothing required includes:
    • Overalls that would not be penetrated by asbestos in any way.
    • Respiratory Protective Equipment or RPE with a HEPA filter to ensure that asbestos fiber or asbestos dust would not be inhaled
    • Protective boots or disposable boot covers

Removing Asbestos

This means that even if you want to save some money, you might not be able to save much because you have to purchase all these protective items.

  • Aside from that, in some locations, it is required by the law that there should be at least one asbestos removal professional when removing asbestos. Therefore, you will still be hiring a professional, and you will still need to pay them.
  • Finally, asbestos disposal is not easy either. There are specific guidelines needed to be complied with in disposing of asbestos. This could be quite inconvenient.

Save yourself from the possible dangers of exposure to asbestos. Asbestos removal is not an easy task, it’s best that you leave it in the hands of professionals.

What is Asbestos and Why is it Dangerous?

Asbestos is one of the most common materials used in building construction. It is a building material utilized particularly in making roofs, enhancing the insulation of a building, as well as making a structure fireproof and soundproof.

While there are many obvious benefits to using asbestos for building structures, there is a major downside to using this material for construction purposes.

 

Health Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to asbestos can be quite dangerous to human health. Asbestos fibers can be hard for the body to get rid of once they get into a person’s system.

There are a number of serious diseases that might result from asbestos exposure such as Asbestosis, different forms of cancer including Mesothelioma, and various lung diseases because of exposure to asbestos.

Asbestosis – Asbestosis is one of the most common diseases caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to scarring of the lungs. This respiratory disease can result in symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough, as well as fatigue. Asbestosis could also cause other critical health problems such as cancer.

Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a form of cancer primarily affecting the lungs, abdomen, and chest. According to an article from Oregon State University, in the US, around 10% of workers who have jobs in the production of gas masks that contain asbestos, develop Mesothelioma.

The American Cancer Institute has also stated that several studies found out that asbestos exposure can lead to cancer of the larynx and the ovaries.

 

Who are at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Individuals who are at risk of being exposed to a substantial amount of asbestos are mostly workers who have jobs in manufacturers of products containing asbestos.

Contractors who are exposed to building materials that have asbestos such as roofs are also at risk of inhalation of this dangerous material.