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World leaders in asbestos decontamination solutions

In a single year, over 4,500 people will die in the UK alone from occupational respiratory diseases caused by exposure to asbestos, including lung cancer, COPD, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Even short durations or low levels of exposure can be dangerous, and the asbestos removal industry is tightly regulated, with strict protocols to protect workers from exposure to the fibres and to ensure thorough decontamination to prevent the spread of the fibres.

 

Protecting people: an end-to-end solution

SMH has been at the forefront of asbestos decontamination supplies for over 30 years, and we have developed an end-to-end solution to protect people and the environment from a wide range of hazardous substances:

Training

Before the work, specialist training can help workers to identify asbestos, be aware of the risks of exposure and implement the appropriate controls to protect themselves and their colleagues. See World Class Safety for details of the asbestos-related training we can offer you and your workforce.

Control measures

Asbestos is an airborne fibre, so temporary airtight working enclosures, typically constructed of heavy gauge polythene, are kept under negative pressure using specialist air filtration units to suppress fibres and prevent them being vented into the environment, while disposable airlocks secure the area. Explore our range of products to contain and secure hazardous working areas.

Air and water filtration

NPUFor asbestos, contaminated air is filtered through HEPA 14 filters and waste water is passed through a high efficiency microfiber filter so that they can be vented safely into the environment without risk of further contamination. Portable negative pressure units and water filtration systems enable this, however inaccessible the site – contact your local branch for advice.

PPE & RPE

PPE for asbestos removalChoosing, properly fitting and using the appropriate RPE can reduce the amount of dangerous fibres breathed in. PPE such as disposable coveralls and gloves are also an important measure to prevent the fibres getting into clothing.

Decontamination

Mobile decontamination system - DCU 150After the work, properly cleaning or disposing of RPE and PPE can reduce the risk of particles being carried off-site and contaminating workers’ homes and other public spaces. Decontamination showers are a critical step for both workers and equipment: trailer-based decontamination units provide a mobile solution for small-scale work, and modular-build systems can convert almost any space into a shower facility, while systems built into shipping containers or similar can provide static, semi-permanent facilities for a larger through-put of personnel and equipment. Ancillary items, such as our ‘H’ class vacuum cleaners, supplement the decontamination process.

 

Explore the range of decontamination products and solutions from SMH online, or contact the team direct.

 

Sources: Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence. See www.hse.gov.uk.