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Asbestos is a hazardous material but the health risk happens during asbestos exposure.
When asbestos is inhaled, tiny fibers may impair lung function and increase the risk for developing lung cancer, asbestosis, and Mesothelioma.
Removing asbestos without taking the proper precaution can create a dangerous scenario where none previously existed.
Asbestos removal must be done with great planning and caution. Policies and procedures set forth by the Department of Labor & Industry. Each state regulates the removal, collection, transportation, and disposal of Asbestos Containing Material or ACM. In Pennsylvania, the DEP or Department of Environmental Protection is the agency to regulate ACM.
The following asbestos occupations: contractor, inspector, management planner, project designer, supervisor, and worker all must be state certified to remove asbestos.
How is asbestos removed?
- First – Risks must be assessed with safety procedures put in place for minimizing the release of fibers into the air.
- Second - Protect the workers with disposable coveralls and protective clothing. Area should be well-ventilated with respirators and hand tools.
- Third - Post warning signs about asbestos removal and keep doors & windows closed.
- Fourth - Place removed asbestos into polythene sheeting that is sealed before disposal; this includes disposable coveralls. Promptly remove bagged waste from property.
- Fifth - Asbestos waste must be kept damp and sealed in leak-proof containers transported in covered vehicles. This waste must be disposed in an EPA approved site.
If you or a loved one has contacted lung cancer, asbestos cancer, or Mesothelioma from the improper removal of asbestos – please contact Monheit Law to find out what your legal options are.