Asbestos Removal & Disposal
How do we remove asbestos?
Although the removal of asbestos may seem like a simple task, the improper handling and discarding of the material can have hazardous repercussions on the environment and those who come into contact with the asbestos.
CTW Group specialises in the safe removal of asbestos for residential and commercial properties. Our team has been expertly trained to manage all aspects of the asbestos removal process and we are certified. CTW is registered in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Act 85 of 1993, as amended and the Asbestos Regulations. Certificate number 2018OHH/RAC/Cl-103
Our services include:
- Visual Inspection
- Air monitoring
- Asbestos removal and disposal
We remove asbestos contaminated internal walls, external cladding, fascias, ceilings, gables, roof sheeting, roof tiles, drain pipes, gutters, downpipes, and more. We work strictly within the guidelines of safe asbestos removal stipulated by legislation and by the Approved Asbestos Inspection Authority (AAIA).
We always work with the safety of your family or employees (and ours) in mind and make use of specialised personal protective equipment (PPE) and containment tenting where necessary.
After an inspection and an assessment of the area of contamination, we will decide on the method of removal. Once we are satisfied that all persons involved are safe, we will contain the area and strip it of all asbestos.
We are extremely particular about the disposal of all asbestos waste material stripped from our sites. We ensure that we seal the fibrous substance with chemical sealers to avoid fibres breaking dispersing into the air, and this is double-wrapped in quality plastic bags. This waste is then safely transported in an enclosed vehicle to a Class-H waste management site that specialises in asbestos waste management. We follow a similar procedure for the disposal of asbestos roof sheets.
Once the asbestos removal is finalised, the area will be retested and once we are satisfied that the property is clear of an asbestos hazard, a clearance certificate will be issued.
Our aim is to ensure that your site is completely clear of asbestos and safe for your family or your employees. In the case of businesses, we also aim to help our clients comply with legislation.
In addition to our asbestos removal services, we are able to help you re-insulate the area and replace any roofing or boards that need to be removed.
Contact us today for an obligation free quote.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos was once believed to be a miracle product. Due to its flexibility and incredible resistance to heat, electricity, chemicals and acid, this naturally occurring mineral substance was a widely used and highly desirable insulation material.
In the 1970s, South Africa was one of the largest producers of asbestos, operating a thriving export trade with over 10 million tons of asbestos being mined in the country between 1910 and 2002.
Besides insulation, in its heyday asbestos was also added to other materials like cloth, paper, cement and plastic to make them stronger, and in the mid-1900s many products such as building materials and consumer goods contained asbestos. These products include (amongst others):
- Boilers, steam pipes, furnace door gaskets and furnace ducts
- Asbestos cement and various construction materials
- Roofing, shingles and siding
- Floor tiles and vinyl sheet flooring
- Decorative wall features and textured paints
- Steel supports in buildings
- Air conditioning ducts
- Fireproof gloves, ironing board covers, stove top pads and hairdryers
- Brakes, gaskets and clutch pads
In the 1980s, as research started indicating the negative effects that the fibrous substance had on human health, asbestos began to lose its popularity. Soon countries around the world started banning the use of asbestos and ordering the removal of asbestos from existing structures. The last of the asbestos mines in South Africa ceased production in 2001, closing in 2002.
Although its use diminished in recent decades, there are still many properties in South Africa and around the world – especially older homes, schools, and public buildings – that contain asbestos.
Extensive evidence proves that asbestos causes a number of fatal diseases, and prolonged exposure to contaminated areas can have a serious impact on your overall health. Over time, the tiny fibres that make up asbestos can cause inflammation when inhaled, and this hidden health hazard can be affecting your family or your staff without you even knowing it is there.
The extensive use of the asbestos in the past has resulted in thousands of deaths, especially amongst those mining for the mineral. Due to its serious health effects, asbestos was officially banned in South Africa in 2008.
The three leading causes of death amongst those exposed to asbestos are:
- Mesothelioma – An aggressive form of cancer that is only caused by exposure to asbestos. It forms in the thin membrane (mesothelium) surrounding vital organs in the chest and abdomen.
- Asbestosis — A degenerative respiratory condition which causes the formation of scar tissue on the surface of the lining of the lungs. It can be a precursor to mesothelioma.
- Lung Cancer — Lung cancer is known to be exacerbated by exposure to asbestos.
Due to South Africa’s once thriving asbestos mines, the country has some of the highest incidences of mesothelioma in the world. Asbestos can also cause other health issues such as ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer, clubbed fingers and other respiratory problems.
Asbestos’s previous popularity means that it can be everywhere. Many buildings in the Western Cape still contain this hazardous material, putting people who live, work or visit these buildings in serious danger of asbestos poisoning.
Aging asbestos becomes brittle and starts to chip and crack, releasing toxic fibres into the air. It can also release fibres if it is chipped away or mechanically disturbed in some way, such as a renovation or maintenance to the area.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993: Asbestos Regulations, 2001 stipulates that all businesses, factories, commercial and industrial buildings must assess and indicate whether or not asbestos is present on their premises. If a building tests positive for asbestos, it is essential to formulate a plan to remove the asbestos as soon as possible. And that’s where we come in.