Illegal Asbestos Removal & Why You Shouldn’t Do It
When asbestos products are incorrectly handled, the fibers can be released into the air, and when inhaled, asbestos fibers are hazardous.
To minimize the risk of exposure, you should appoint a licensed asbestos removal contractor. It is never a good idea to remove asbestos yourself, because there could be legal implications.
The Legal Requirements for Managing Asbestos Waste
- Always store asbestos waste on your premises in an environmentally safe manner. This could include sealing it in heavy-duty plastic and wetting it down before transporting it.
- Soils that have been contaminated by asbestos should be wetted down.
- Asbestos should be transported in a leak-proof, covered vehicle.
- Asbestos waste has to be disposed of at a landfill site that is lawfully able to receive the waste. Check with a landfill operator before disposing of it.
- Bonded asbestos material has to be securely packaged at all times. This is any material, besides friable asbestos material, that contains asbestos.
- If you want to remove more than 10 square meters of bonded asbestos, or friable asbestos, from your house, engage the services of a licenses asbestos removal contractor to do the job. As the owner of the waste, you need to ensure that the asbestos is disposed of legally. To make sure this is done, ask your contractor for a copy of the disposal receipt.
- It is illegal to recycle, re-use or illegally dump any asbestos products.
- It is also illegal to dispose of asbestos waste materials in domestic garbage bins.
- Keep friable asbestos in a sealed container. This is any material that contains asbestos and presents itself in the form of a powder or substance that can be crumbled or reduced to powder by hand.
Breaking the Law: There Are Penalties
There are indeed penalties for mishandling and illegally removing asbestos. Recently, a Bay City contractor was found guilty of failing to remove asbestos before demolishing a building. He also failed to wet down and keep the asbestos wet until properly disposing of it and failed to ensure that a trained person handled the procedures for removing asbestos.
If you fail to comply with clean air laws, you can indeed face criminal prosecution.
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