What Friable Asbestos Removal Entails

The dry, flammable alternative of friable asbestos removal Adelaide generally doesn’t require the use of water to suppress the movement of asbestos fibres during the process of removal. Rather, the friable asbestos removal method is based on the careful control measures required for all friable asbestos removal jobs. These include the proper usage of a fully encapsulated removal area built with strong plastic sheeting (minimum 200mm thick) and a suitable lid.


Once the asbestos material is securely encapsulated, it is removed from the area by a trained worker. This removal process is usually carried out by one person and is done very quickly. However, it is essential that the person who carries out this job is completely aware of all the hazards that may occur, such as the possibility of inhaling the encapsulated material or its dust. The purpose of air monitoring is to protect anyone working in a friable asbestos removal project, particularly the workers who are most at risk.


Asbestos Removal AdelaideAir monitoring is an important part of the overall protection procedure for friable asbestos removal. It is also known as asbestos ventilation, non-friable asbestos control or air sealing. It involves positioning a special filter inside the insulation of the area to be treated. This filter will capture all particles that are made airborne during the actual procedure, thus reducing the chances of anyone breathing in any of these particles. Air sampling is another alternative, which is often used for non-friable asbestos material removal and inspection.


During the actual procedure itself, the asbestos inspection team will perform an inspection by visual inspection, physical inspection or by using pieces of equipment. Visual inspection refers to looking into the insulation for signs of the presence of asbestos. If there is any sign of the material, the team will use appropriate equipment to check if the substance has been damaged or is escaping. It can also be done through a visual inspection where the team will simply look at the insulation under magnification in order to determine whether there are fibres visible. It is very difficult to detect asbestos fibres using only visual inspection; therefore, physical inspection is performed as well.


Once the asbestos has been identified, the team will then prepare a detailed wetting and abatement plan. This is the plan for the entire process, which includes the preparation of protective clothing, protection devices to be worn at the site, methods for removing the asbestos, cleaning and abatement procedures, and any necessary precautions. Along with the wetting and abatement plan, the company will also be required to submit a written notification to the relevant authorities.


Wetting agents and mastic are common components used during the process. These materials are usually mixed with water in large quantities while some may contain a lubricant. There is no direct connection between the quality of the asbestos removal Adelaide work and the quality of the wetting agent or mastic. However, it is important that the companies using these materials follow the specifications set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.