Asbestos has been known to consist of small fibres that are invisible to the naked eye. These fibres are harmful for you and your tenants' health and safety. Many diseases, including the dangerous lung disorder mesothelioma, can result from continuous exposure to these fibres over time.
You need to have a professional surveyor or architect come and survey specific areas in your building that may contain asbestos. This includes the roof of the building or even the parking garage. If your corrugated asbestos roofing sheets are well maintained, however, you haven’t got much to worry about.
If the roof is found to have cracks and scratches, the asbestos fibres can escape into the surroundings. This is a very real threat to you and your employees or leaser’s health and safety. You need to employ professional asbestos removal services as soon as possible.
We see it in the news from time to time. People are arrested or fined for disposing their building's waste illegally. This waste can often include debris such as boards and sheets made of ACMs (asbestos containing materials).
Most houses and buildings from the 20th century usually have some form of asbestos in construction. This includes asbestos cement used to make the corrugated asbestos roofing sheets and asbestos cement bricks. There’s a great deal of risk involved if these materials are not in the best of conditions.
In a span of just 30 years from 1968 to 1998, as many as 50,000 people have died in the UK from asbestos exposure. The deaths from asbestos exposure may not be immediate but could take anywhere from 15 to as much as 60 years to happen. That’s why asbestos is considered a silent killer by many.
Deaths linked to asbestos poisoning are likely to rise in the coming years. And that is why the government is playing an active role in removing the threat of asbestos from your commercial space/ office buildings.
Asbestos removal is a serious business and it’s not recommended that one do it themselves. The asbestos in your corrugated asbestos roofing sheets may not be an immediate threat. It will become one if you try to saw it off yourself and dispose of it incorrectly.
Not only will you be putting yourself at risk of various diseases such aspleural thickening, but your tenants as well. In pleural thickening, the pleural wall lining the inside of the lungs and the chest wall becomes filled with fluid (known as pleural effusion). This can sometimes cause shortness of breath and or chest pain, and worsens with continuous exposure to asbestos.
Professionals who offer asbestos removal take extreme care when dealing with asbestos containing structures such as corrugated asbestos roofing sheets. Licensed professionals for the job are accredited by top health and safety institutions to work in hazardous environments and are experienced working in those environments.
The procedures and techniques they use to rid your building of asbestos will reduce the health risks to you and your tenants. Proper disposal of the asbestos containing material will also allow you to be safe from any potential lawsuits.
The work practices that professionals employ, the equipment and safety gear that they have and the guidelines they follow are all essential. It’s part of their job to help you and your tenants stay protected from any unnecessary exposure to asbestos during and after the job is done.