Asbestos duct wrap is used as an insulator in a number of industries. If you are an employee, you should have resources available to help you identify the material so you can take the necessary precautions. Not all use of asbestos is documented, so it’s possible that, during renovation and other projects, you may stumble upon it. If and when this happens, you must be able to react in a safe and deliberate fashion. In this post, we’ll discuss how to identify asbestos duct wrap, where you might encounter it, and what safety precautions to might take to help prevent getting Mesothelioma.
Physical Characteristics of Asbestos Duct Wrap
If you come across a pipe or duct that has been wrapped in something that looks like white paper, you may have discovered asbestos. The material can look like paper wrapping, or, depending on the insulation needs of the area, something more like thick woven cloth.
If you see either of these things and you aren’t in an area where asbestos has been reported, you should document it for further investigation. A visual assessment isn’t enough to confirm asbestos presence.
Because the material is made of millions of tiny fibers, a microscopic analysis will have to be done to determine if asbestos is present or not.
Applications for Asbestos Duct Wrap
Asbestos duct wrap is used in a number of ways. As an insulating material, asbestos reigns supreme at heat dissipation. For this reason, it’s frequently applied to exhaust systems in industrial settings. For example, the steam boilers in paper mills use asbestos duct wrap. Asbestos is also used in ocean vessels.
Essentially, anywhere that heat must be controlled and transferred with a minimum of escape, asbestos duct wrap may be applied. New regulations on the material are reducing its use in most private settings, but commercial industries are still pressing forward.
Asbestos Safety Measures
Protecting yourself from the worst of asbestos can be as simple as having an oral respirator. It’s astonishing that such a simple precaution can make such a huge difference, and industries were unwilling to provide them. For professional asbestos removal, employees are often provided full breathing suits.
The fibrous nature of asbestos means it’s possible to transfer it from a job site back into the home by carrying it on clothing. If you’re working with or around asbestos, it’s a good idea to have separate clothing for work and home, with a shower in between, if possible.
Asbestos has the most dramatic impact on the lungs, but it can also be irritating to the eyes and skin as well. The important thing is to avoid breathing it – and a respirator will accomplish that.
If you or a loved one has discovered asbestos duct wrap, either at work or in your home, you should make efforts to protect yourself. If in the workplace, contact a supervisor or consult the employee handbook to learn about asbestos policies and precautions.
If you’ve found it in your home, you should contact a licensed asbestos removal firm. If you were exposed to asbestos and only recently developed symptoms of mesothelioma, we may be able to help you get compensation.
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