Asbestos Abatement

Environmental testing is required to assess the level of Asbestos contamination.  Once the level of Asbestos is confirmed, abatement can take place. A wetting agent must be added to water used to control the spread of dust and fibres. Drop sheets must not be re-used. Barriers and portable enclosures must not be reused unless they are rigid and can be cleaned thoroughly.  Compressed air must not be used to clean up and remove dust from any surface.  Eating, drinking, chewing or smoking must not be permitted in the work area.


Health Concerns

It has been confirmed that breathing in Asbestos over a significant period of time can cause cancer (Mesothelioma) – Lung Cancer.

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The malignant tumors form in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain. The life expectancy for most mesothelioma patients is approximately 12 months after diagnosis.

How to Deal with Asbestos


The work area must be enclosed and kept under negative pressure with thick plastic. Since there is no safe level of exposure, any asbestos that gets into the air will endanger the health of anyone in the area. Workers must be provided with special work clothes (PPE), showers and two lockers: one for clean clothes and one for dirty clothes. Management should also arrange to have the work clothes laundered under controlled conditions.

How to Dispose of Asbestos

Hazardous waste bags are used when doing Asbestos abatement.  These bags are to be picked up by an authorized waste removal company and moved to a designated site to be disposed in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.