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3 Vital Insights into Asbestos Abatement Every Contractor Should Know Before a Demolition Project

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Safe remediation and abatement of asbestos are critical in alleviating severe exposures. Construction projects such as demolition can disturb and cause asbestos to go airborne. As a result, that might lead to acute exposures and illnesses. If you are a building contractor, here are few insights into the abatement process to aid in the safe handling and removal of asbestos during demolition projects.  

Begin with Thorough Asbestos Inspection

Consider hiring a licensed asbestos inspection expert to perform a visual property inspection and collect various samples for lab testing. If any presence of asbestos is found, the inspector will furnish you with a detailed evaluation showing the locations and extent of asbestos on the property. Since you want to demolish a structure, the inspector might recommend asbestos abatement, which ensures the complete removal of any asbestos material on the site. 

Choosing a Reputable Asbestos Removal Contractor

Every jurisdiction has its guidelines when it comes to licensing and certification of asbestos abatement professionals. Any asbestos removal or inspection contractor must undertake the EPA-approved training and qualify to be certified. 

Because state agencies are responsible for certifying asbestos abatement contractors, they are the best place to search for a professional asbestos removalist. You can find a rich list of local asbestos removers with proper qualifications, training and state-level certification through them. Remember to peruse through the BBB (Better Business Bureau) service and confirm their ratings and reputation. 

Asbestos Removal Process

After finding the ideal asbestos removal service, knowing the removal process can go a long way in ensuring the process is conducted correctly. Keep in mind these four aspects: 

  • Planning – before the work begins, the company should furnish you with a detailed asbestos removal plan. That should include details concerning compliance with local/federal laws, clean up, removal, transportation and disposal of asbestos. 

  • Containment – the asbestos removal company must also set proper containment measures. The site should be sealed off or marked as hazardous, and all occupants in the building evacuated.

  • Handling asbestos waste – during clean-up, asbestos waste shouldn't be broken down into smaller pieces to prevent them from going airborne. Besides, all workers should wear personal protective equipment to prevent exposure. 

  • Clean-up procedure – all asbestos-containing waste must be appropriately sealed in heavy-duty plastic bags. That's essential in preventing contamination of the site when the waste is being removed for disposal. 


These are the essential insights into asbestos removal you need to know before beginning a demolition project. They will help you and your demolition crew remain safe on the site and prevent asbestos exposure.