What Is Asbestos Soil Contamination?

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos can be very harmful if dispersed into the atmosphere. That is due to the dust and fibers, which when inhaled, can cause fatal diseases such as mesothelioma. Asbestos may occur naturally but most soil contamination is caused through one of two ways: either through buildings made from asbestos materials or contaminated top soil.

Buildings constructed in the 50s to the late 80s contained asbestos materials. Asbestos was very popular during that time period due to its strength, ability to resist heat and fireproofing properties. However, several studies have brought to light the major negative impact of asbestos to people’s health. One such study was performed in a research laboratory in Vienna General Hospital’s Comprehensive Center for Cancer revealing the damaging asbestos effects leading to pleural cancers.

Types Of Asbestos Contamination

Asbestos is divided into two types. There is the friable type which is very dangerous as it has a very high potential of easily contaminating the atmosphere. The other type is the non-friable form that can be harmless if left undisturbed. As long as no one drills, screws or sands onto the non-friable type, there is no cause to worry. However, since it is already present and has the potential of releasing its dust and fibers into the air, the best solution is to have a professional completely remove it. That way, there is no possibility of contamination from accidental disturbance.

The degree of risks from soil contaminated with asbestos greatly depends on the nature of the asbestos, as well as its quantity and use. For starters, it is important to first identify the type of asbestos present in the soil to determine the urgency of removal. As a result, it goes without saying that friable asbestos requires immediate removal and disposal.

Steps In The Management Of Asbestos Contamination In The Soil

The first step in the management of asbestos contaminated soil is identifying the asbestos type through soil testing. It creates a chance to assess the nature of asbestos and develop a plan for proper removal and disposal. What follows is the actual and proper removal and disposal of the contaminated soil.

The next step is to monitor the air for any signs of released dust and fibers. This is mostly important during construction due to the amount of soil moved on the ground. It eliminates the possibility of construction workers from inhaling any loose asbestos dust and fibers.

Methods Of Disposal Of Asbestos Contaminated Soil

Capping or land filling is one of the methods of asbestos disposal from the soil. However, it may be expensive. Therefore, segregation of the deadly material from the contaminated soil is cheaper and just as effective. Segregation allows for people to save lots of money as the contractors remove lesser soil and consume lesser time compared to land filling method. Additionally, the segregation method promotes non-hazardous soil while the treated soils are retained.

All these methods require a professional handling due to the hazardous and delicate nature of asbestos. Besides handling the contaminated soil, an expert will be able to monitor asbestos contamination in the air, as well as provide safety procedures for people to follow to minimize further contamination.

Wade Rogers has twenty years-experience of removing asbestos in homes and industries. He is an employee of the Asbestos Removal Sydney, with whom he has been working diligently over the years. The company has taught him discipline precision and excellence in all tasks involving asbestos. See more details by visiting Asbestos Removal Sydney Wide webpage.

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Benefits Of Joining Power Yoga Classes

With more yoga centers cropping up in different parts of the country, power yoga is increasingly becoming a budget-friendly and viable option for many fitness enthusiasts. The following are some of the many reasons why more and more people are considering joining power yoga classes:

1. Body Detoxification

Power yoga plays a major role in helping the body rid itself of dangerous toxins. It increases internal body heat, killing harmful elements and heightening a state of awareness of the workings of the kidneys, lungs and the liver. Detoxification also increases energy levels, clears up the skin, makes the hair look shinier and balances body hormones.

2. Boosting Blood Circulation

The bloodstream continuously transports oxygen and nutrients to the skin, brain and other vital body organs. When there is poor circulation of blood, various health problems such as heart attacks, insomnia, swelling in the lower extremities, stroke and fluid retention may occur. Many poses keep the heart pumping at a higher rate, which in turn improves the circulation of blood to various parts of the body.

3. Boosting Concentration

Going for classes at least 30 minutes every day improves a person’s mental ability in terms of memory and mental concentration. Additionally, it is more effective in boosting brain power than doing conventional aerobic exercises. This not only brings out self-control but also helps a person carry out his day-to-day activities more successfully.

4. Improvement of Posture and Reduction of Back Pain

Various poses and workouts improve body posture and relieve back pain by aligning the spine and the muscles around it. They also strengthen the abdominal muscles and improve the overall body strength, flexibility, stamina and balance, which make a person look taller and more graceful.

5. Boosting of the Immune System

Power yoga is active in stimulating the four main physiological systems that are linked to the body’s immune system: the digestive, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems. Any pose that affects at least one of these four systems positively helps strengthen the immune system.

6. Enhancement of Athletic Performance

It improves the performance of all types of athletes, ranging from footballers to basketball players and from golfers to rugby players. This is because it helps one achieve greater mental focus, core strength and stamina.

7. Weight Loss

Apart from burning extra calories in the body, power yoga also helps build lean muscle mass. In the process, it eliminates excess body weight and helps prevent obesity and other types of weight-related problems.

8. Stress Reduction

Everyone gets anxious or nervous from time to time, which drains energy resources and puts the body in a state of constant stress. The effects of anxiety or nervousness are magnified when the body does not get enough exercise because tension builds in the muscles, breathing remains constricted and the mind gets exhausted from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety.

Power yoga classes help an individual access an inner strength that enables him/her to face all sorts of overwhelming fears, challenges and frustrations of everyday life. A few power yoga poses, especially if practiced daily, help regulate breathing and relax the body by gently reducing tension from large muscle groups and increasing the feelings of well-being.

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Asbestos Removal Explained

By Wade Rogers

Many homes and commercial establishments in Australia built before 1980 were built using cement mixed with asbestos externally, either on the roofs, gutters and wall claddings or internally in bathroom fittings as a component of wallpaper or bonding material on floor and wall tiles. Though mostly friable (tightly bound) asbestos was used, with time, extreme weather conditions like heavy rains or strong winds and activities like demolition and renovation may loosen the material on the roofs or gutters, blowing asbestos fibers into the air. When inhaled or swallowed, these particles cause deadly diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma, a cancer that destroys the membranes of the lungs and abdomen.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare gave the number of those having died from mesothelioma as 551 in 2007, up from 416 in 1997. The Australian Bureau of Statistics Cause of Death data shows that 642 people succumbed to mesothelioma in 2010. The statistics are worrying and this should prompt anyone living under an asbestos roof to have it removed.

Removing asbestos or Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) is a delicate andsensitive process, given that it is toxic. The Code of Practice for the Safe Removal of Asbestos [NOHSC: 2002 (2005)], drawn up by the National Health and Occupational Safety Commission (NHOSC) sets out the framework for the process of removing asbestos or ACM on a small or large scale.

The removal takes place in the stages explained below:

1. Planning

This is done by the removalist to prepare the best and safest methods of work. Each site has a different plan and that is why this stage is crucial. Also, the client is involved in the planning process so they know what exactly is to be done. The nature of the tasks to be done could be laid down clearly in the plan, something done at the discretion of the removalist. The type and quantity of asbestos, whether friable or non- friable and ACM is specified, and where they are located. The time plan and work scheduling is detailed, including what equipment is needed and how electric installations are to be handled. This report is necessary to act as a guide, to be kept for the removalist’s records or reference for later stages after the work is complete or near completion.

2. Removal

Removal Methods

i. Wet method

Here the site to be worked on is saturated in water and the sheets of asbestos removed using a method that least agitates them. It is only used in areas where electric connections do not pose a safety hazard. The water stops the asbestos fibers from floating into the air.

ii. Dry Method

It is generally avoided, except where electronic/electric components cannot be managed properly, or where water can damage them. In some Australian states, the approval of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)Authority must be sought first.

Safety Measures

I. Workers must wear protective clothing, either brand new or previously laundered at launderers approved and authorized to clean clothing contaminated with asbestos.

II. The workers must wear respirators fitted with a constant air supply

III. The area has to be cordoned off by plastic sheeting, at least 200 nanometers thick.

IV. Waste material must be placed in well labelled wetted containers.

3. Disposal

The waste must be placed in well labelled wetted containers to be disposed of in special areas designated by laws and relevant environmental and health authorities.

Wade Rogers has twenty years-experience of removing asbestos in homes and industries. He is an employee of the Asbestos Removal Sydney, with whom he has been working diligently over the years. The company has taught him discipline precision and excellence in all tasks involving asbestos. See more details by visiting Asbestos Removal Sydney Wide webpage.

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Cautions And Tips On Asbestos Removal

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos was extensively used in numerous building materials before the 1970s. It is today normally found as pipe and duct insulation, attic insulation, floor, wall and ceiling tiles. Today it generally recognized that asbestos does pose some serious health risks and its removal is being encouraged globally.

However, that should not unnecessarily frighten you. If those materials containing asbestos are undamaged, it is best to just leave them alone. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that it is even more hazardous to disturb them. Removal may become necessary when that material containing asbestos is crumbling, damaged or flaking. However, when planning on doing some remodeling which may disrupt that material, removal would be the best option.

Identifying Asbestos Fiber

Perhaps the most common building products that you will come across whenever undertaking renovations in older buildings are fibro sheeting. This was extensively utilized beginning from the early 1950’s after the end of World War II. It gained a great reputation because of its durable nature and is cheap. Consequently, it became extensively employed in the building of less costly style home dwellings.

The most probable variety of fibro that you may come across in an old building is flat sheet variety of fibro, often employed for the outside covering of homes, sheds and garages. The sheeting just got nailed to the framed wooden structure hence making the work of construction cheap and quick. It was no wonder that it was widely used. It can from time to time be seen within the house in places like toilets and backrooms.

Basics Of Asbestos Removal

Removal of asbestos is basically a 2-step process. The first step would be to have the asbestos material tested so as to ascertain if it indeed does contain the harmful asbestos fibro. The second step will be to have it competently removed. In doing this, you should take note of the following:

Get in touch with your state or territory asbestos authority or program for guidance. In Australia, all aspects involving the removal of asbestos fall under Work safe Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

Seek out certified contractors and inspectors who have been trained and licensed in testing and removal of asbestos.

To steer clear of any possible conflict of interest, it is advisable to have the suspect materials being tested by one testing company and the removal being carried out by another different company.

Be ready because in some instances, you may need to temporarily relocate the entire household as the work is being carried out.

Hiring The Right Contractor

It is recommended that you engage a contractor who is licensed by your respective state or territory to carry out removals. They are more likely to be well trained and conversant with all legal requirements regarding removal of hazardous waste materials like asbestos.

Before the commencement of the work, you may want to get a written agreement or contract which clearly spells out all the contractor will do as part of the removal including aspects like premises cleanup and the disposal of the asbestos waste materials.

At the conclusion of the work, obtain some written proof that all legal and environmental procedures were adhered to by the contractor in the approved manner. If feasible, get a follow-up safety test conducted by a licensed government asbestos inspector in accordance with Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. The vision of this strategy is the promotion of safe, healthy and productive working lives for all.

As a removal expert with Asbestos Removal Company, Wade Rogers has attained all the mandatory certifications. He will make sure the removal is performed as per the laid down regulations and laws. The Asbestos Removal Company is registered waste removal firm, call us now!

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Management And Control Of Asbestos Soil Contamination

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos is a naturally forming silicate mineral in the soil that is composed of tiny fibres. When it gets disturbed, it produces a dust that contains asbestos fibres. Breathing these asbestos fibers may cause a variety of health complications. However, it is only when the asbestos fibers are airborne that they pose a health hazard, otherwise when left untouched, asbestos does not necessarily become a health threat.

Majority of persons who have developed asbestos-related ailments have typically worked in places or jobs where they were constantly exposed to asbestos and ended up breathing in large quantities of asbestos fibres. For instance, construction and farm workers may have in the past been employing unsafe practices.

Among the main disease associated with the exposure to asbestos fibres include:

• Mesothelioma: This is cancer type that affects the human pleura, the lung covering and chest wall lining as well as the diaphragm. It could develop into a serious condition even several decades after being exposed to asbestos fibres.

• Asbestosis: A progressive scar tissue that develops within the lungs impairing breathing.

• Lung cancer: Similar to mesothelioma, it could also develop even several decades consequent to exposure. Persons with asbestosis and smokers are the most susceptible.

• Pleural plaques: These are thickened scar tissue patches on the lung lining.

Governments all over the world are currently implementing various measures to reduce the dangers presented by exposure to asbestos fibres. For example the Department of Health in the State of Western Australia administers the Health (Asbestos) regulations 1992 under the Health Act 1911. These Asbestos Regulations establish the rules for all persons involved in removing and disposing including the sale and re-use of asbestos materials.

Bound Asbestos Vs. Fibrous Asbestos

When in the soils, asbestos poses a huge potential health hazard, particularly when somebody is doing some work with and near those soils. Generally, asbestos soil contamination is found in two forms, fibrous and bound asbestos. The bound type of asbestos is on average low risk because the fibres form part of a bigger block and consequently may not get inhaled. The fibrous asbestos type is the one that is high risk. These are the loose asbestos fibres lying about in the soils and when disturbed they could easily get airborne and inhaled.

Asbestos Contaminated Soils Management

Although the harmful effects of the continued usage of asbestos have been widely documented, there are still products which could still pose a danger as they may contain elements of asbestos. A point of illustration is the US where, despite the majority of asbestos containing products getting proscribed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and closely monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, sadly older products in their hundreds are still in place. Additionally, some new products may still be containing asbestos such as soil retention enhancers, especially vermiculite.

• The most recommended method of managing soils that are asbestos contaminated is by simply leaving it completely undisturbed.

• In case the soils have got to be moved, then it is important to keep those soils damp to reduce the likelihood of any fibres becoming airborne.

• During the removal, make sure that the site workers are putting on suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Asbestos Removal Company has been handling soils that are contaminated with remarkable success. As a senior site manager, Wade Rogers is well versed with legal requirements. He ensures that the Asbestos Removal Company offers you quality workmanship. Visit our website for more ideas and information about asbestos soil contamination.

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Ensuring Safe Asbestos Roof Removal

By Wade Rogers

Asbestos was widely used in homes and structures from the late 1930s to the 70s, when it became clear that it posed some health hazards and its usage was discouraged and even banned. Originally, it was used due to its awesome fire resistant properties. Being a fibrous mineral, it has great strength and is durable. This makes it good for fireproofing and in providing insulation to structures.

Even if asbestos materials have been used in your house roof and it is still in excellent condition, when left undisturbed, usually they do not any serious risk. The mere presence of asbestos products or materials in your home or in a building is necessarily not hazardous. It becomes dangerous when those materials get damaged over the passage of time and get airborne. Asbestos that has been damaged might release harmful asbestos fibers into the air and hence become a health risk.

Regulations Governing Asbestos

Asbestos is regulated and monitored under an assortment of agencies and laws across the world. In the US for example, this comes under the mandate of the Environmental Protection Agency regulations governing asbestos removal. The disposal of asbestos materials and waste is overseen by the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

Removal of Asbestos Waste Materials

Generally, removal being the most costly solution should be among the last options to be considered unless this is required by respective local or state regulations. Removal poses the biggest risk of fiber being released into the air. However, asbestos removal may become necessary when making some major changes to the entire home that could end up disturbing the asbestos material.

Asbestos roof removal may also become essential in case the asbestos material has gotten extensively damaged and may otherwise be beyond repair. Removal of asbestos bathroom roofs is a complex undertaking and should only be carried out by a contractor having special and appropriate training.

Engaging a Removal Contractor

• Confirm with the relevant authorities in your area such as the board that manages air pollution and the local work safety agency. Verify the reputation of the remover with your Better Business Bureau if the remover has previously had any violations relating to safety. You may also check out if they might have had any legal actions claims filed against them.

• Before the removal work commences, obtain a written contract that specifies the work schedule and plan plus strategies for cleaning up. Included should be how the remover intends to apply the applicable state, local and federal regulations.

• Additionally, get in touch your local and state health departments, your regional EPA office, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s regional office to know what the laws and regulations indicate regarding hiring of removal contractors.

• As the work is going on, insist that the removal contractor is continually applying sufficient water or a suitable wetting agent onto the material to minimize asbestos dust getting airborne. Ensure that the contractor is not breaking the removed asbestos materials into small pieces as this may release into the air harmful asbestos fibers.

• Upon the completion of the removal job, make sure the contractor does clean the bathroom work area using wet rags, mops and sponges. A standard house vacuum cleaner should never be utilized.

As a removal expert with Asbestos Removal Company, Wade Rogers has attained all the mandatory certifications. He will make sure the removal is performed as per the laid down regulations and laws. The Asbestos Removal Company is registered waste removal firm, call us now!

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Steps In Asbestos Roof Removal

By Wade Rogers

Removing asbestos is a thoroughly regulated process, evidenced by the number of statutes and codes that lay down methods of removing it from any site, whether large or small. Examples of the regulations are The Queensland Code of Practice (2011) on How to remove Asbestos and Safe Work Australia Code of Practice. These are in place because the compound is highly toxic and could cause mesothelioma, an aggravated form of cancer that attacks the lining in lungs and the abdomen.

Roofs pose a risk not only to the external environment but also to those inside the premises because in cases where asbestos is bonded with cement, it ay chip and pass through poorly installed or fake ceilings and settle on surfaces inside the home/warehouse/office. Whenever it is being removed from any site, including roofs, care has to be taken as explained in the steps below:

1. Pre-Assessment Of The Site (Roof) And Analyzing The Material

The essence of this is to establish whether the asbestos-containing cement used to make the roof is friable or non- friable. Friable asbestos is that which chips into near invisible dust particles that float in the air and when inhaled, cause mesothelioma. Non friable asbestos is however bonded together and poses less danger to the environment. It is important to note that asbestos is only lethal when inhaled or swallowed.

There is a very high probability of finding Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) on a roof, it being slightly horizontal. The gutter of the roof is another zone to mark, as the debris from the roof most likely gathers and settles on it. Popcorn ceilings on houses built before 1980 are highly likely to contain traces of asbestos. Seeing this risk, it is necessary that a licensed removalist, holding a class A license does the assessment. (A class A license holder can remove more than 10 square meters of asbestos, both friable and non-friable, and a large scale area of suspected ACM, while a class B holder, can only remove up-to 10 square meters of friable and non- friable asbestos and inspect/remove only up to 10 square meters of suspected Asbestos Containing Material.)

After the inspection, as required by WorkSafe British Columbia, samples are collected to be inspected in the lab. The inspector then prepares a detailed report of the activity and results, including the plan and dimensions of the roof. They also report on the associated risks and possible tasks to be performed. This report will be presented to the home owner who will request qualified removers, and then the actual removal begins.

2. Removal Process

The workers get to doing the actual removal, wearing protective gear, from overalls to respirators with stable air supply. Before the work starts, the whole area has to be enclosed with a brand new plastic sheet and notice of undergoing work placed strategically for all around to see. The roof will be cut out through means that least agitate the structure, meaning no drills, therefore cutting section by section has to be the way, after wetting the area to clump loose particles together. A negative air pressure unit, which lets air in, but does not allow it to flow out must be used.

3. Disposal

All material removed from the roof must be labeled accurately, and thereafter disposed of in designated areas, as recommended by such laws as the New South Wales Work Health and Safety Regulation (2011).

Wade Rogers is a fully qualified site inspector working with Asbestos Removal Company at http://asbestosremovalsydneywide.com.au/asbestos-roof-removal-sydney/. The company has an excellent reputation for removing asbestos and their thorough methods. He advises all home owners and establishments built before 1980 to get their roofs checked for asbestos and remove.

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