Asbestos Abatement St Louis

Low Risk:

  • remove non-friable materials without cutting, breaking or disturbing the materials
  • use non-powered hand tools, with water to contain fiber release
  • transport toxic materials in sealed containers

Medium & High Risk:

Additional steps need to be taken for medium to high-risk contamination.  Protective clothing is made of a material such as Tyvek, fits snugly around the neck, wrist, and ankles, and covers the head and feet. Respiratory protective equipment must be used if appropriate.  Ventilation systems that could move the airborne fibers around should be shut down.  A HEPA filtered exhaust unit should be connected to the work area to provide negative pressure.  There are additional steps that need to be in place that our ABC contractors will ensure are complete.

Following these steps ensures the safety of ABC workers and prevents the release of airborne fibers.  Undisturbed asbestos won’t harm you, but once it has been damaged or deteriorated in any way, then the particles can get into your lungs.  Safely removing toxic materials prevents diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

Equipment Used:

  • vacuum with HEPA filter
  • polyethylene drop sheets
  • labeled asbestos garbage bags
  • spray bottles to wet the asbestos
  • warning signs or barriers
  • power tools for abatement
  • rags, mops, water for clean up
  • fire extinguisher
  • first aid kit

Protective Equipment

Procedures:

  • warning signs stating this is a restricted area
  • wet the material to minimize the release of fibers
  • drop sheets to prevent the spreading of dust
  • hand tools must be wet
  • no eating, drinking, smoking or eating gum in the work area

Decontamination

  • during and after completing the work, clean dust with HEPA filter vacuum, or wet sweeping
  • drop sheets should be folded into themselves and disposed of as toxic waste
  • non-disposable clothing that has been contaminated must be laundered with proper procedures, shoes properly decontaminated.

Air Quality

  • monitoring the air should be done during all phases of the abatement

Site Inspection

  • visually inspected to ensure all debris has been cleaned up

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