Regardless of your location, most laws will probably advise against do-it-yourself asbestos removal. However, some homeowners (some wanting to do something productive with their spare time, others believing that DIY asbestos removal will save them money) still insist on removing this dangerous substance themselves.
Asbestos is an extremely dangerous material – especially when you have inhaled it or if you’ve had direct contact with it. Exposure to this harmful material leads to serious health problems.
But, if you really want to remove the asbestos from your home, you have to be aware of the basic requirements you need to meet in order for you to be able to proceed with your asbestos removal project.
First and foremost, you must know that the only asbestos you can remove yourself is asbestos located in your own personal property. If the asbestos that needs to be removed is located in a workplace or place of business, it is mandatory that you hire a professional asbestos removal company or specialist to handle the job for you.
Another important thing you have to take note of is that the asbestos you intend to move is non-friable. That means that the asbestos should be intact and not crumbling, damaged, or disturbed in any way.
You should bear in mind that you’re only allowed to remove asbestos in areas not exceeding a total of 10 square meters.
The amount of time it will take to completely remove the asbestos should not exceed one hour in a span of seven days.
Once you’ve learned these guidelines, you have to take care of some important prerequisites as well. These prerequisites include:
- Completion of the necessary asbestos removal training and keeping the proof of training completion (for proper documentation).
- Completing protective gear and clothing for asbestos removal.
- Informing your neighbors about the upcoming asbestos removal.
- Securing the area where asbestos will be removed from and making sure the area is well-protected and contained so no asbestos particles will spread to other locations.