- Asbestos was a major material for residential, industrial, institutional and commercial structures from the 1930s to the '70s. Asbestos is still found in a wide variety of products and materials that were use in buildinga constructed during this period. Its resistance to extreme temperatures and durability made it an attractive insulator for pipes and ductwork. The asbestos pipe insulation remediation guidelines are the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Since pipe insulation can easily crumble, the asbestos pipe insulation must be removed by properly licensed and trained certified asbestos contractors. Asbestos pipe insulation remediation workers are required to wear protective clothing within the work area. The clothing must be a disposable garment. Workers must wear eye protection, boot covers and disposable gloves. Protective hoods and high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) purple-coded respirators are also required. Contractors must furnish workers with a shower and change area.
Cordon off adjacent areas and sections of the building from the asbestos pipe insulation removal work area. Use a double layer of polyethylene or sheet plastic to isolate the job site. Either move furniture out or protect it with a double layer of plastic sheeting. Use duct tape on the seams. Protect doors, windows, floors, walls and ceilings with plastic sheeting. Cover all fixtures, vents or ducts.
Post "Asbestos Removal" warning signs round the work area. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires asbestos contractors to operate a high-efficiency particulate exhaust unit to draw in air from the outside. The rules require four air exchanges per hour. Everyone must follow the EPA-mandated laws and procedures for asbestos pipe insulation radiation, including the safe removal and disposal of any waste.
It is important to keep the insulation watered down during the removal process. Water keeps the asbestos fibers from becoming airborne. Remove the pipe insulation intact and in complete sections. The asbestos pipe insulation must be protected from damage and not be crumbled or shattered. Also, avoid using tools to saw, chip or grind the pipe insulation.
Carefully place the insulation into 6 mm polyethylene bags and seal the bags with duct tape. Put the first bag into another bag and seal it with tape. The waste containers must be clearly marked "asbestos waste." The disposable work clothing, mops, rags and other debris must be disposed of in the same manner and taken to an approved toxic waste landfill.