2021 / 07 / 13
The negative human health effects of asbestos exposure are well documented, causing cancer and other diseases including mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion. There are six types asbestos, all of which are composed of long and thin fibrous crystals, each fibre being composed of many microscopic "fibrils" that can be released into the atmosphere by abrasion and other processes.
It was used in a wide range of materials ranging from floor tiles to heat insulating materials as a binding agent with the added benefit of its physical properties. But if inhaled, dust fibres can become permanently lodged in the body, and over time cause serious illness and death.
Fibres lodged in the lungs will cause swelling and scarring thus eventually leading to the inability to breathe as the lungs can no longer expand to draw in air.
In 2003, EnviroServ’s Hazmat Support Services unit became the first in Africa to achieve EU accreditation as expert supervisors for asbestos removal.
EnviroServ is an approved Type 3 Asbestos Contractor registered with the Department of Labour. Our Hazardous Waste Services team will advise clients with regards to the best approach to handle and manage asbestos containing materials on their site.
In terms of the South African legislation and as per the Asbestos regulation R1196 of 2020, only companies who are approved and registered as an asbestos contractor may handle and remove asbestos containing material.
EnviroServ will facilitate the entire abatement process from submitting notice of the intended work to the Department of Labour for approval to handling and removal of the asbestos waste from site for disposal. EnviroServ works under guidance and supervision of an approved AIA to ensure compliance and health and safety protocols are adhered to.
EnviroServ is also qualified to handle removals and safe disposals for international clients as we have the ability to deliver services outside of South Africa’s borders.
EnviroServ being a registered Type 3 Asbestos contractor allows us to assist our clients with the safe handling, removal and disposal of all types of asbestos containing material. These materials include raw unprocessed asbestos, asbestos lagging, cladding, insulation, rope, ceiling panels, roof sheets, floor tiles, soil and building rubble contaminated with asbestos.
We have the ability to deliver this service throughout Africa - rapid deployment, offering a cradle to grave solution with in-depth understanding of safe operating procedures, requirements and compliance.
There is no risk of exposure to the client’s premises or staff due to our expert operational procedures, giving you peace of mind through expertise, specialist knowledge, experience and practices. EnviroServ follows international best-practices and standards, having European DTA certification.
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