Asbestos was widely used as a construction material in residential and commercial buildings before identifying the danger of asbestos in 70’s and 80’s. It is also used as a key material for shipbuilding and automotive. Even after knowing the health risks of asbestos fibers, still there are many structures that are built with the asbestos material.

Identification and monitoring the asbestos is not an easy task as asbestos is made of microscopic fibers that cannot be seen by the naked eye. In order to identify it, you need special equipment or to know what materials investigate, look for any manufacturer labels, and consult experts when in doubt. The only visually identifiable asbestos products are corrugated cement roofing sheets.

Simple methods to eradicate asbestos completely are:

* Awareness training
* Identifying
* Controlling
* Removing

Possible methods to Identifying Asbestos Materials

* Note the date on the material.
* Look at joints of material.
* Analyze or observe surface patterns.
* Inspect exterior building materials.
* Investigate interior panels (as asbestos material have different patterns).
* Check appliances and finishing materials.
* Assess the location.

After identifying the presence of asbestos in the surrounding the next step is to check whether it is damaged or not. Only damaged or broken asbestos is dangerous as it spread minute fibers into the air and will cause harmful diseases. Proper asbestos awareness training and precautions will help to eradicate asbestos easily.

Some common Asbestos-Containing Materials:

* Ceilings: popcorn ceilings, ceiling tiles
* Flooring: vinyl tiles, some floor tiles, select adhesives, carpet underlay
* Siding: shingles, stucco, transite
* Insulation: wall, attic, materials around pipes, electrical wires.
* Adhesives: certain joint compounds, cement, caulk

2. Ways to control the release of asbestos fibers:

Controlling measures will guide you in handling or using asbestos-containing material properly. The main The goal is to prevent or minimize the release of airborne asbestos fibers. The employer must make sure that the control plan is developed and implemented for their employees prevent asbestos exposure.

1. Encapsulation
2. Enclosure
3. Repair
4. Removal
5. Operations and Maintenance Program

3. Removal of Asbestos:

It is always better to leave undisturbed asbestos as it is. A certified asbestos awareness training will teach removal workers about how asbestos can be handled and disposed of, so it’s best to have certified individuals assess and properly take care of any asbestos-containing products. It is mandatory to hold a certified certificate by everyone those who remove or disturbing asbestos.

Individuals with training can remove asbestos from their house, but it is always better to appoint an asbestos removal contractor with class A and class B certificate. A contractor will be able to determine the best plan of action to keep you and your loved ones safe without asbestos exposure.

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Author's Bio: 

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