In Italy since 1992 with the law n. 257 the marketing and production of all products containing asbestos, such as eternity, is prohibited. Unfortunately, the Legambiente 2018 research “Free from asbestos” , showed that after 26 years in Italy only 2% of buildings have been remediated asbestos .
The research highlights how slow asbestos remediation procedures in Italy are. Out of 370 thousand public and private buildings, to date, only 6,869 have been reclaimed. In our buildings there are still 58 million square meters of asbestos roofing.
For this reason it is important to deepen the subject from all points of view, not just regulatory. Knowing what to do in the presence of asbestos and how to proceed is a matter of safety for you and your family.
The legislation is very rigorous and clearly defines what the remediation obligations are, which companies can perform the work, how to assess the risk and in particular what are the procedures for asbestos remediation
As a first topic, we address the issue of costs for asbestos remediation which when compared with the health risk are minimal. Never evaluate a quote for an asbestos remediation only with respect to the price, check the companies, check their certifications and choose the best one.
Asbestos encapsulation and asbestos sheets
Compared to removal, encapsulation is certainly a cheaper remediation activity. The asbestos encapsulation procedure involves treating the material and the sheets with products that coat the material. In this case the artifact is not removed, but protected and made safe.
The intervention must be done in compliance with the Ministerial Decree 20/08/1999. The asbestos remediation procedure through encapsulation secures the material (eg asbestos) making sure that the asbestos fibers are fixed to the material and their dispersion is not possible.
In order to guarantee that the intervention is carried out correctly, a certificate of conformity of the works must be issued. Furthermore, a maintenance and control program must be provided to verify the validity of the intervention over time.