Find out how to protect public health, safety, and the environment from asbestos through proper disposal practices.
Published 14 Mar 2023
Asbestos disposal is safely disposing of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs). Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber used for many construction and insulation products. The potential health risks of this product have prompted its regulation.
The most crucial aspect of asbestos disposal is identifying ACM before beginning the disposal process. Once identified, all ACMs must be protected from potential contact with workers or other people. It’s also essential to use proper labeling and warning signage.
Asbestos disposal must be handled carefully to protect public health, safety, and the environment, which makes it essential to use a certified contractor who complies with local regulations when performing this type of work.
One of the methods for disposing of asbestos is recycling it. Asbestos can be recycled in several ways:
Below are some benefits of properly disposing of and recycling asbestos materials:
Asbestos disposal and handling are governed differently worldwide. In the United States, for example, the following federal law and government agencies apply:
The Federal and State air quality regulations set the rules and regulations for properly handling and packaging asbestos. Packaging must conform to the restrictions set by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
You must at least contain and transport it as follows:
There must be an outside label warning of asbestos dangers on every package or container. In that label, the following warning must be visible and legible.
Many homes and structures erected before 1980 may still contain asbestos, which is not visible to the human eye and is challenging to detect. Thus, people must know about common items that may comprise asbestos to avoid exposure. Below is the list of materials containing asbestos.
Eliminate manual tasks and streamline your operations.
Once materials containing asbestos have been identified, it is imperative to take proper precautions when handling, transporting, and disposing of them. Below are the procedures that must be followed:
Hazardous materials such as asbestos can lead to serious health issues in those exposed. People must know about proper asbestos handling, labeling, removal, and disposal to avoid contamination. SafetyCulture (formerly iAuditor) provides users with asbestos inspection checklists and incident management tools to help with asbestos safety.
SafetyCulture can help you manage asbestos in the following ways:
Rob Paredes is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. He is a content writer who also does copy for websites, sales pages, and landing pages. Rob worked as a financial advisor, a freelance copywriter, and a Network Engineer for more than a decade before joining SafetyCulture. He got interested in writing because of the influence of his friends; aside from writing, he has an interest in personal finance, dogs, and collecting Allen Iverson cards.
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