How does asbestos removal work and what are the specific methods involved?
Asbestos can be safely managed in place and improper removal methods create a much greater hazard.
For this reason, the Department does not undertake removal of the material unless it’s absolutely necessary—and then only under the strictest control methods, as mandated by Department policy and federal law.
You may have seen sections of your workplace encased in plastic sheeting with ominous asbestos signs and wondered what was going on. The signs warn that the carefully controlled process to contain asbestos fibers is under way.
While the plastic acts as a physical barrier, the enclosed area is under negative pressure through use of fan-filter systems to keep the fibers contained. Should a leak occur, this negative pressure ensures that the air will flow into (rather than out of) the enclosure, thus containing any fibers within the space.
Inside the enclosure, the use of wet removal methods and other procedures greatly reduce airborne fibers and ensure the safety and health of the building’s occupants.Courtesy of The United States Department of State
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