Asbestos consultants are trained and equipped to determine whether there is a threat of asbestos contamination and to manage any situation that might arise. It is also their job to provide technical and scientific advice on the use, transport, storage, and disposal of asbestos products.
The primary uses of asbestos-containing materials in construction and other industries are to provide stability for stronger materials, insulating heat, and fire resistance, and as an insulator for electric and electronic machinery. Asbestos-containing products are used both as a liner around pipes and fitting and as ceiling and flooring tiles in structures where it may be difficult or impossible to clean such surfaces using conventional cleaning methods.
Still, there are other uses of asbestos products that fall outside of the realm of regular construction and maintenance and involve the danger of accidental ingestion and inhalation of asbestos fibers while they are being cleaned or replaced.
There are many benefits to engaging the services of asbestos consultants. While you would naturally expect a consulting firm to focus on the direct physical hazards of asbestos, this is not always the case. There are situations where an asbestos consultant will also provide a DMS analysis, which monitors the health risks associated with the use of a product.
By working in the DMS field, an asbestos consultant can look at a large number of smaller, detailed studies that would normally be too time-consuming or too tedious to undertake on your own. With the help of an experienced consultant, you can be sure to get free advice that focuses on the current uses of asbestos in the construction industry and assess whether the dangers it poses are sufficient enough to justify limiting its use in your project.
Many companies also use asbestos consultants to conduct free asbestos surveys for them. These surveys are designed to give you an idea of the level of asbestos contamination in your site without you having to dig into the bowels of your building to find it. As well as giving you an indication of asbestos contamination levels, these surveys can also help your legal team to prepare a case against the company if an asbestos lawsuit is filed against you.
You must choose the right person to carry out the abatement work for you. Hiring the right consultant from the start means that you will know that they have the experience to safely complete the job. The company should also have the necessary background and training to undertake the type of asbestos surveys you require.
For your convenience, many of the top asbestos consultants offer free asbestos survey and free asbestos removal services, meaning that you will not be required to pay a consultation fee before they carry out the survey or remove the asbestos.
If asbestos removal is needed, the consultant should offer a quote directly to you so that you are aware of any additional costs that may be incurred during the removal procedure. In addition to the free asbestos surveys that they offer, many asbestos consultants also offer a free asbestos management plan.
Abatement work should only be carried out by asbestos consultants who have extensive experience in this field. There are many ways in which asbestos can become airborne and may spread through the air when asbestos dust is disturbed. The most common way is through the ventilation of asbestos-containing materials into non-dust areas.