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The latest asbestos market innovations

Companies are continually launching all kinds of innovative new products designed to lower the cost of renovation projects and achieve better results in a shorter turnaround time. Here’s our overview of some of the latest market innovations.

Companies are continually launching all kinds of innovative new products designed to lower the cost of renovation projects and achieve better results in a shorter turnaround time. These positive developments will all play a part in ensuring that our future world is free from asbestos. Here’s our overview of some of the latest market innovations:

1. Battery spray

The battery spray method uses a combination of controlled spray technology (Batteryspray PRO) and a wetting agent (BS Wetting Agent) to create a blanket of mist. This method significantly reduces the volume of asbestos fibres released during any asbestos removal work. The portable stand-alone equipment is fully mobile and can be used anywhere.

2. Desktop/Mobile SEM

A mobile version of the SEM enables you to perform detailed analyses on site as opposed to in a static laboratory. SEM technology uses electrons to render even the smallest objects visible under a microscope. As all objects respond differently to the electrons, it is possible to analyse the material in more depth, down to the elements that it contains. SEM can magnify an object by up to 300,000 times, enabling experts to clearly differentiate between respirable and non-respirable fibres. This approach cuts out delays caused by sending samples to a laboratory for testing. However, please be aware that analysts using this technology require a high level of experience and expertise to interpret the results correctly.

3. MiniContainment®

The enormous impact of an asbestos renovation project is often a source of huge frustration for residents and customers such as contractors and corporations, even if the area in question is relatively small. To minimise this problem, high risk asbestos removals can now be carried out using the MiniContainment®. This product is a new form of containment in which the person carrying out the work remains outside of the containment zone and does not enter the area where asbestos fibres may potentially be released into the atmosphere. The MiniContainment® is ideal for small-scale applications such as heat shields, ropes, wall-mounted heaters, ceiling lights, panels, windowsills and doorsteps. The containment – which has a number of openings fitted with gloves for the worker’s hands – is placed around the relevant area and sealed to prevent air leakage.

The system is connected to a lowpressure monitoring system and a special negative air pressure vacuum cleaner. The tools laid out in advance are then used to remove and pack up the asbestos-containing items. As the air is refreshed at a rapid rate, any asbestos fibres that are released are safely and efficiently removed during the removal and packing process. The MiniContainment® significantly speeds up the removal of asbestos and creates a physical barrier between the asbestos source and the people who would otherwise be exposed to it. It requires less working space and the residents of the property can remain in their home throughout the process. The only disadvantage is the contractor’s limited range of movement, as the system restricts movement to the arms only.

4. LEVO

LEVO was developed to assist during the removal of asbestos-containing roof sheets. The sheets are lifted from the roof using vacuum suction cups connected to two vacuum pumps. LEVO can lift a maximum of six sheets at a time. The sheets are then placed in a bulk bag and sealed. Suction cups are supplied as standard for flat sheets. The system can also be used to remove sheets with a nonflat radius, but special cups must be ordered for this purpose. In addition to removing asbestos-containing sheets, LEVO can also be used to position new plates or install integrated solar panels. The system works with roofs of any height and automatically adjusts to sloping roofs. The advantage of the device is that once the bolts securing the sheet have been removed, the team involved in the work can climb down from the roof. The system is safe, fast and efficient, and allows work to continue for up to eight hours continuously, even in rainy weather.

5. RZ-Ecoseal®

RZ-Ecoseal® is an elastic water-based coating (vinyl acetate polymer dispersion) reinforced with fibreglass. The coating is resistant to acids, alkalis, UV rays and ozone. A rotating head seals the inside of asbestoscontaining concrete ducts with a 1.5 mm layer of RZ-Ecoseal®, creating a new, completely non-flammable channel. This method can be used on asbestos-containing concrete ducts, channels and pipes. It does not require a containment zone to be erected so there is virtually no impact on residents.

6. FiberCover®

Patented FiberCover® foam completely seals off the source of fibres during asbestos removal work or processing, which prevents asbestos fibres from being released into the air. The foam adheres to smooth walls, ceilings and asbestos and does not drip, even hours after application. This method can be used when the removal work involves sawing, drilling, sanding, cutting and breaking up the asbestos. FiberCover® foam is pHneutral and contains no substances that are hazardous to human health or the environment. Validation measurements have shown that the product reduces emissions by up to 100 percent. This reduces the burden in terms of safety measures, which in turn helps to reduce costs. This system often removes the need to erect a containment zone, which saves time, money and a great deal of inconvenience.

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