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Hazardious Material FAQ & Warnings

This sticky concerns hazardous materials frequently asked questions and warnings related to our forums topics and sub-topics.

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1. Asbestos FAQ & Warnings

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Asbestos FAQ & Warnings

Asbestos is always considered dangerous.

Asbetos: A Home owners Guide.


Asbestos: What you should know: Asbestos is a hazardous material that can cause serious disease when inhaled. Anytime it is disturbed, it becomes airborne. Then it can be inhaled.


Asbestos:What you don't know can hurt you and others: the fibers are easily transported home on your clothes and in your vehicle after working with Asbestos. The fibers stay airborne for a long time. Asbestos does not go away, it stays around for many years. Asbestos is in thousands of products throughout the country.


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Additional Asbestos Information*:

EPA recommends that when dealing with materials containing asbestos, whether it is to test, repair, or remove, you are highly advised to hire an asbestos professional to do the work for you.

Improper handling of asbestos material can create more of a hazard than if it is left undisturbed. If you need to take corrective measures, you should use a different contractor than the one who tested for asbestos in order to avoid a conflict of interest.

Before you decide on an asbestos professional, ask potential contractors to document their completion of a federal or state-approved training program.

Also ask for references from previous clients and customers to learn if they were satisfied. To guard against costly, hazardous, unnecessary removals, know what services are available and what procedures and precautions are needed to do the job properly.

If you need repairs or removal done, make sure the work area is clearly marked as hazardous. Keep household members and pets away from the area until the work is completed.

Be sure that your contractor avoids spreading or tracking asbestos dust into other areas of the home. The work area should be properly sealed off from the rest of the house using plastic sheeting and duct tape.

Additionally the air conditioning and heating system should be turned off. Before asbestos removal, insist that the contractor apply a wetting agent to the asbestos material with a fine-mist hand sprayer. Wet fibers do not float as easily as dry fibers and are easier to clean up.

The contractor should use wet mops, rags or sponges to clean the area. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaners can also be used. All asbestos materials, disposable equipment and clothing should be placed in marked and sealed leakproof bags and disposed of properly.


All asbestos waste and the disposable clothing, filters, equipment, and building materials which are not to be cleaned and reused must be disposed of as asbestos waste. The material must be in double 6-mil plastic bags, labelled as asbestos, hauled to an approved asbestos landfill in a covered vehicle, and disposed of according to EPA, state, and local regulations.

The contractor or homeowner should contact the health department or air pollution control agency in the area where the asbestos removal is to take place to determine local notification, removal, and disposal requirements and sites.

1. Place all dampened filters, cloths, mopheads and other asbestos wastes into a transparent (6-mil) plastic bag. Seal the bag with heavy duty tape. Place the first bag into a second bag.

2. If the bags are not already preprinted, label the bags with a sign: "DANGER; CONTAINS ASBESTOS FIBERS, AVOID CREATING DUST, CANCER AND LUNG DISEASE HAZARD". The sign should be placed between the two transparent plastic bags. Seal the second bag with heavy duty tape.

3. Place the sealed and labeled bags with other solid waste material for pick-up and delivery to an approved waste disposal site. Asbestos waste materials should be disposed of according to Federal and local regulations.

*Information contained in this thread was accumulated and or obtained by multiple do it yourself moderators, members and web site sources, sent to me to be posted in this forum.

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