Asbestos is a common concern within older buildings and using amateur methods to remove asbestos from siding or roofing can be dangerous. Often times, homeowners use a high pressure washer to clean siding, roofing, or cement that contains asbestos. Mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer caused by the particles, can be spread through such methods, so contacting a qualified asbestos removal specialist would be the wisest bet to ensure your safety and productivity.
If you are considering removing asbestos, or even mold, consulting a professional in your area would be the best way to ensure you health, your workers health, as well as your familial health. A five-minute procedure could lead to years of medical turmoil, so take precautions and read below what steps you should take to stay safe.
TIP: Always make sure all contractors are licensed, insured, and certified to work with asbestos before doing any work on your business or home.
DO NOT engage in pressure washing either personally or by a professional since such work can actually spread the friable nature on the roof, cement, or siding, causing the particles to move elsewhere causing more harm. The process is done in a dry fashion and no water is required.
Consulting the Asbestos Regulations for Ontario can outline the Occupational Healthy and Safety Act, which can show you how contractors should properly fix the issue of asbestos. By referring to Ontario Regulation 278/05, you can find all the information you need to know.
REMINDER: Asbestos is not to be taken lightly. Contacting experience, certified, and insured contractors with great references is a must in order to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your company.