Dealing With 'Fly-Tipped' Asbestos Waste
Posted on Thursday 30th July 2015 by Graham
If you have to deal with asbestos waste that has been dumped then you must follow these important guidelines and procedures:
- Restrict the access to others immediately
- Use warning tapes and clear notices warning of the danger
- Make sure you have a suitable asbestos waste container such as a strong polythene bag which is clearly labelled
- You will need asbestos warning stickers
- Contact and employ a licensed contractor who is fully experienced in handing and removing asbestos materials
What to do to clear the asbestos waste
Once you have all the correct equipment in place you need to notify the relevant authority and try to estimate the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of, also note the type of waste too. If the waste is mixed and spread around a large area I would recommend getting an HSE-licensed contractor to come in and to deal with it and clear this for you.
I would recommend marking out an 'exclusion zone' using warning tape to warn others and to keep the area clear. If possible secure the site completely until the waste is disposed of and the area cleaned and de-contaminated.
Dangers of removing
It is recommended and advisable to hire a licensed contractor to handle and remove any asbestos contained materials for many reasons, the obvious reason being the risk to your health.
If you disturb or damage any products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibres are released into the air. When these fibres are breathed in, they can possibly become trapped in the lungs and remain there for a very long period. These can accumulate over time and cause serious health issues and implications. These issues can affect your breathing and develop in to serious health problems.
Studies have proven that exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma. Exposure can possibly increase the risk of an inflammatory condition known as asbestosis which affects the lungs causing shortness of breath, coughing, and possibly permanent lung damage.
What you need to bear in mind is that asbestos is one of the primary causes for occupational illnesses and accounts for over 5,000 deaths in the UK alone and kills on average 20 tradesmen each week.
As asbestos is still present in many older buildings, both domestic and commercial, we can expect it to be a health issue for many years to come, it is essential that we manage the risks from exposure and this includes dealing with asbestos waste from fly-tipping.
I cannot stress enough that you DO NOT attempt to remove asbestos waste yourself if you have not had the appropriate training and that you use a licensed contractor with the correct training and experience.
If you need any advice or guidance on the disposal of asbestos waste please get in touch with our experienced team on 0800 612 4115.
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