Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre. In South Africa, asbestos was extensively used for close to 100 years.
The main uses of asbestos include:
- - Insulation;
- - ceiling and wall panels;
- - fire retardants;
- - corrugated asbestos roof sheets;
- - and asbestos piping.
Asbestos regulations South Africa
In 2008, the prohibition of asbestos was put into effect, outlawing the use, manufacturing, import and export of asbestos and asbestos containing materials.
Yet 9 years later, there has been no major impact on existing asbestos structures and asbestos related sicknesses are still a huge health problem.
Additionally, these issues will only get worse as asbestos features continue to age and corrode, releasing dangerous asbestos fibres into the air.
We know now that asbestos exposure is dangerous.
Asbestos fibres, when inhaled, can cause severe respiratory issues including cancer of the lungs from asbestos, called mesothelioma.
Furthermore, asbestos once accounted for three percent of the value of South Africa's minerals. Additionally, the instance of mesothelioma ranks as one of the highest in the world.
Asbestos Removal vs Encapsulation
In the Western Cape, the asbestos problem is as bad as anywhere else in the country.
The wind, coupled with seaside corrosion and temperature flux wreaks havoc on existing asbestos fittings creating a real problem for many residential, commercial and industrial buildings all over Cape Town.
Asbestos removal must be carried out in accordance with the Department of Labour’s strict asbestos regulations.
One of these regulations state that encapsulating asbestos can be a less-invasive, viable alternative to removing it.
Therefore, encapsulation is a safer option, as it does not disturb any of the existing asbestos fibres which become airborne where people can inhale them.
Spray Foam Solutions – Asbestos Encapsulation Cape Town
We use Sprayed polyurethane foam to wholly encapsulate any asbestos structure and trap all the asbestos fibres under a thick layer of insulation foam.
Our spray foam insulation is perfect for any retrofit situation as it not only encapsulates the dangerous asbestos, it also strengthens your existing structure and waterproofs it, providing excellent insulation.
Spray Foam Solutions, are opening our new branch in Cape Town. Our new branch will be serving the whole of Cape Town. Our team look forward to bringing superior service to the Cape.
For more information about our asbestos removal/encapsulation services, please contact us.