The COVID19 pandemic has been keeping the entire world locked indoors for more than a year now and considering how serious of a task it is to remove Asbestos Removal Oxford from roofs, floors, windows, and other affected areas and now that there is a deadly virus outbreak, Asbestos Abatement with limited PPE, i.e., Personal Protective Equipment has become a very challenging task to perform for all companies directly or indirectly connected to the restoration industry. Although several Asbestos Removal firms across the world closed their doors due to this unprecedented situation, it turned out to be an exceptional opportunity for the ones that remained in business.
Asbestos was abundantly used before the 1980s in almost every constructional element such as ceramic tiles, pipe insulation, ceiling insulation, bricks, flooring, roofing, fire-, heat, and acid-resistant safes and gaskets, pipes and fireproof cement, etc manufactured in the United States because of its strengthening and fireproofing capabilities. However, Asbestos posed several highly life-threatening illnesses including Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Ovarian Cancer, COPD, Atelectasis, Pleural Effusion, Laryngeal Cancer, etc. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use, import, manufacture, distribution, and processing of Asbestos from all materials across the United States in 1989 but people who have their properties built before the fall of the 19th century are still exposed to the deadly Asbestos.
Effects of covid 19 on asbestos abatement
For the employees of Asbestos Abatement and Restoration companies, working in this unprecedented and life-endangering time is not worth taking the risk for. That’s because of the scarcity of PPE kits available in the market and therefore, it can have frightful consequences on the employees. Mesothelioma Cancer can only be caused by long exposure to Asbestos and although it takes like 10+ years to develop after you realize the symptoms, it would already be too late for you to get it treated. Due to the shortage of PPE kits, if you cannot seem to contact any Asbestos Abatement professional, it is highly advised for you to just wait and try not to do something about the asbestos you found in your house on your own because it could be highly dangerous for your health. It is exceedingly essential for house owners to follow all environmental norms, rules, and regulations if they are planning on removing asbestos from their roof tiles, windows, floors, etc themselves.
While students all around the world are trapped at their homes, attending virtual classes on mobile devices and laptops, it is a perfect opportunity for asbestos abatement experts to remove asbestos, decontaminate and restore schools and educational institutions to save young kids’ lives. Coronavirus has indeed affected a majority of asbestos removal companies but it would not be wrong to say that it has induced a dire need for restoration professionals to work on schools, colleges, universities, shut industries, and closed commercial buildings, and remove asbestos while no innocent life is exposed to the danger. So, to protect our workforce and restoration team from the hazardous effects of asbestos, proper PPE kits must be provided to them so that they can keep themselves safe and the communities around us too.