10 Steps to proper asbestos abatement
When considering asbestos removal it is important to take the proper steps. Getting a trusted professional to assist you is the best possible answer and can save you time, money and your health. If you own a home built before 1990 and are considering doing renovations or demolishing the building, proper steps need to be made to keep you and the people around you safe. got mold? has assembled information that will hopefully assist you make the right decisions.
Steps to take to ensure proper asbestos abatement.
- A pre-1990 house/building is to be demolished or renovated.
- The building owner (or owner’s representative) or the employer (e.g., builder, demolition contractor) retains a qualified person (usually a consultant) to perform a risk assessment and asbestos survey before conducting work where asbestos may be disturbed.
- The qualified person inspects the house/ building, collects representative bulk samples, and has the samples analyzed by a qualified laboratory.
- The qualified person prepares a report that identifies all inspection results (including drawings, plans, or specifications), risk assessment, and scope of work for the abatement of the asbestos.
- The report containing the inspection results is provided to the owner/employer. The inspection results must be available at the worksite whenever workers are on site.
- The owner or employer retains trained asbestos abatement workers. A notice of project (NOP) with written work procedures is submitted to the customer or building owner before commencement of asbestos removal work.
- Safe removal and disposal of identified asbestos occurs.
- After the asbestos removal the owner or employer receives written confirmation that the asbestos specified for removal on the NOP has been removed. A copy of the inspection results is on site.
- The owner authorizes demolition of the house/building to proceed. The demolition employer proceeds to demolish house using safe work procedures. Copies of inspection results and post-abatement reports are on site.
- If any asbestos is found during demolition, all work is to cease until a risk assessment is done and the asbestos is safely contained or removed. In this case, go back to step 7.