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Can improper asbestos abatement protocols lead to mesothelioma?

Jun 30, 2021 | Asbestos-related Diseases

Many individuals only discover that their homes or places of business have asbestos when they come across the white powdery substance when tooling around on their premises. 

Once discovered, you’ll need to have an abatement process performed by a trained technician once you confirm the substance’s identity. There are steps that the abatement professionals must follow to safely remove the asbestos fibers from your home. 

What steps must abatement professionals follow to eradicate asbestos?

All tiers of government have protocols in place that abatement professionals must follow when removing asbestos from a site to ensure that it’s fully eliminated, including:

  • Cordoning off and limiting access to the area: Abatement professionals must enclose the area where the asbestos fibers are in plastic sheeting. They must also shut off the HVAC system and seal vents in the areas where they find the fibers. They must then install an air pressure differential and filtration system in the work area.
  • Substance removal: Abatement professionals must put on protective clothing and respirators before removing any asbestos fibers. They should use either hand tools or wet methods to remove them. These professionals should place any fibers they encounter in sealed bags that they remove through the decontamination unit. Workers mustn’t leave that unit until they take a shower.
  • Vacuuming: Abatement professionals should bring in medical-grade HEPA filters while cleaning up the removal site to minimize workers’ risks of coming in contact with the asbestos fibers.
  • Clean-up process: The abatement professionals should carry out air sampling per government regulations to ensure the safety of the removal site. They should then submit proof of abatement as necessary per government policies.
  • Final cleaning and post-cleanup: The abatement team should perform a clearance air sampling aligned with state and federal regulations to ensure that the area is safe. They can then move forward with the post-cleanup process, which involves compiling and submitting any necessary proof of abatement.

When these protocols aren’t followed, both industry workers and clients can be exposed to risk.

Did you develop an asbestos-related condition?

Abatement companies know the importance of proper procedures. Their training is supposed to minimize the chances that the abatement team, homeowners and business owners will be sickened. You might have a valid negligence claim if their failure to follow protocol resulted in your asbestos-related illness. An experienced advocate can tell you more.