Asbestos is a potent carcinogen that has been basically eliminated from the production of new materials. For a long time, it was used without knowledge of the terrible health consequences inhaling it can cause, and this has led to a booming industry employed in removing it. In this article, we will explain the importance of using top quality plastics during asbestos removal.
The Asbestos Boom
The asbestos boom began when its amazing qualities were widely realised. Asbestos is strong, resistant to fire, and extremely cheap. It has been incorporated into the manufacture of everything from roofing to walls to insulation and benches. In the manufactured forms it was built into, asbestos poses very little threat to anyone. It is highly effective and durable.
The Problem with Asbestos
The problem with asbestos is when it becomes aerated, which happens when anything made out of asbestos ages sufficiently or breaks. It also happens when the asbestos containing material is weathered to the point that fibres will be released even with simple manual handling. This is one reason that asbestos miners were one of the first groups of people to be negatively affected by asbestos fibres.
Now the effects of asbestos are widely known, and even small exposure at any point during life can lead to irreversible consequences later down the track including death. It is for this reason that the removal of asbestos is a highly regulated industry with strict controls.
The Treatment Regime for Asbestos
In Australia, asbestos must be removed by a licensed and trained professional. There are strict environmental controls in place to reduce the risks of public and worker exposure that are thoroughly explained during the education process of these professionals which ensures that their work is professional and insurable.
DIY asbestos removal and disposal carries hefty penalties due to the potential risks involved. It is worth noting that cheap imported products that can be ordered online for the disposal of asbestos often fail to meet the strict regulatory requirements of Australia.
Using Quality Plastic for the Removal of Asbestos
One of the aspects relating to the professional removal of asbestos from commercial and residential properties throughout Australia is the use of a particular specialty kind of plastic bag. Asbestos removal bags need to be a minimum of 200 microns thick and must be printed with a set of warning labels.
Need Sustainable Plastic Solutions?
Dolphin Plastics & Packaging is a leading flexible packaging manufacturer based in Queensland. We are committed to producing sustainable plastic packaging solutions for organisations in a variety of industries across Queensland and down the east coast of Australia.
To find out more about how we can help you, call Dolphin Plastics & Packaging today on (07) 5610 5278 or contact us online.