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Dealing with Asbestos Dust

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When left alone, asbestos isn’t a dangerous material. However, once disturbed the tiny asbestos fibres are released into the air which can prove lethal if breathed in, causing lung disease and cancer. If the right precautions to protect yourself and your employees are not taken to control asbestos dust you are risking the health of your workers and leaving your business open to the threat of costly compensation claims.

Tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases and during their careers each person is likely to come into contact with asbestos at work. Asbestos can be present in any house or building built before the year 2000 and it is estimated that the deadly material is still in millions of homes, business premises and public buildings across Australia today.

Even when carrying out small tasks that don’t seem to create much dust, it is important to remember to protect yourself any your employees from the tiny asbestos fibres.

Wetting materials with a low pressure water spray before you start a job and continuing to do so as you work will reduce the amount of dust created. Water helps damps down dust clouds and stops the tiny particles being dispersed in the air. Using a reliable spray unit such as the hand held and backpack Inter Elite range from Rapid Spray, take the following steps to help suppress dust whilst using appropriate PPE:

  • Wet the materials with a mixture of eight parts water to one part washing-up liquid
  • Use the spray unit to make damping down quick and easy
  • Keep materials damp but not too wet
  • Do not use a hose as this can be high-pressure
  • Where possible, avoid using power tools that create a lot of dust
  • Use plastic sheets to cover your work area to help stop the spread of dust

The Inter Elite range comes in hand-held units from 1 to 6 litres, or back pack units in 12 and 16 litres. Equipped with

a large filter with viton seals in spray lance handle for extra filtration & durability, wide funnel shaped filling mouth makes filling up the sprayer easy and a pressure release safety system prevents over-pressurising, these handy units are ideal for dampening asbestos dust.

Complete with a fibreglass lance and attachment clips for easy transport & storage, adjustable conical nozzle and screw on hose connections to the handle and the tanks without clamps, this lightweight poly spray unit is an essential piece of equipment for anyone who is serious about controlling asbestos dust. Click here to find out more about the Inter Elite sprayer range.

To discuss your dust control requirements, call the friendly Rapid Spray team on 1800 011 000 or email info@rapidspray.net

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