The exposure of the asbestos fibers into the air can increase the asbestos- risks. Asbestos is a mineral whose main characteristics are highly resistant to fire, thermal isolation and also microscopic in nature. Asbestos toxicity is related to its fibrous structure, which is tested and identified as a first level Human carcinogen, found naturally in rocks.

As it is very cheap it was used as the main construction material in the early 80’s. After finding the hazardous nature of these asbestos fibers we are trying to remove those from the buildings, houses etc.

Asbestos abatement is a good idea to prevent asbestos-related diseases up to a certain limit. It is really important to take proper steps to avoid the exposure of the fibers into the air and can be inhaled easily due to the microscopic nature of these fibers. Once they are trapped in the body especially in the lungs can cause breathing difficulties. There are no other methods instead of some natural techniques to remove the asbestos from the lungs.

Construction work is one of the most at-risk occupations for asbestos exposure. Each and every worker in a construction site must have to take an asbestos training course from any affiliated institutions. It is mandatory to carry a certificate by the workers to avoid the hazards due to asbestos exposure in the site.

Some Ways for Construction Workers to Avoid Asbestos Exposure on the Job

1. Identify If the Jobsite Contains Asbestos.

Before start working in a construction site know whether the site contains asbestos, so that you can take precautions to avoid the risk.

2. Take an Asbestos Awareness Training Course
Workers at the construction site can stay safe from asbestos exposure by taking proper precaution and by taking an asbestos training course. Many institutions provide asbestos training course online which helps the workers to learn together with their job.

3. Use a HEPA( (High-Efficiency Particle Absorbing) respirators and Vacuum

HEPA is a good respiratory protection mask, which can help a worker to protect himself from inhaling the asbestos fibers. And also a Vacuum can help to remove partial vacuum to suck up particles of dirt or dust of asbestos.

4. Avoid Task That Disturb Dust

Only damaged or broken asbestos can spread asbestos fibers into air. Avoid practices which disturb asbestos.

Some of these practices include:

* Use of saws not fitted with a point-of-cut ventilator or HEPA-filtered exhaust
* Using compressed air to remove asbestos-containing materials
* Any dry cleanup of asbestos debris or dust, such as dry sweeping or shoveling
* Making employees work extended hours on asbestos job sites

5. Use the Wet Method

Applying water to the working material can help you to avoid the exposure of asbestos into the air.
Collect all asbestos-containing substances in the worksite by taking proper awareness course and deposit it in one area. Mark “danger” in that area so as others can also stay away from asbestos.

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