22 Aug 2019
At OHSS Safety Consultants, we are experts in asbestos abatement and we get asked all sorts of questions regarding asbestos regulations and how to remove asbestos safely. Asbestos was only banned in construction as recently as the end of the 1990s, which means that this most dangerous of materials still exists in tens of thousands of homes across Ireland.
Worryingly, when these homes are renovated or refurbished and the question of asbestos removal and disposal comes into view, there is a general lack of understanding of how to proceed - especially when the work is being done on a DIY basis.
The initial step to take when you encounter or even suspect you’ve encountered asbestos is simple, as it involves doing nothing except calling a suitably qualified asbestos contractor to come and perform an asbestos survey. Whether you’re having your central heating replaced or doing a spot of roofing, an asbestos survey is a vital step to protect the lives of everyone in the vicinity. That’s because if asbestos gets disturbed during renovation and asbestos fibres are inhaled, it could literally lead to the loss of life.
Getting rid of asbestos is not as simple as taking it down the tip either, as it needs to be taken to a specialist asbestos disposal facility by law - meaning that any other way of disposing of it is both unsafe and prosecutable by law. The good news is that as soon as you involve an asbestos professional, they will be able to guide through any asbestos removal and disposal works that are necessary.
The one take away you should get from reading this blog is that you should never attempt to remove or dispose of it yourself.
Talk to the Experts
If you’d like to know more about anything discussed here or you yourself suspect that you have asbestos in your property, you can talk to one of our friendly experts by calling us on (01) 6905907. Alternatively, if it’s general information about the full range of occupational health services we offer, you can find out everything you need to know by visiting us online at www.ohss.ie.