National Guidelines on Safe Management and Disposal of Asbestos
Asbestos is a hazardous material with extremely fine fibers and can remain suspended in air for hours. If handled without caution, it may cause serious chronic health problems such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. The diseases cause long term serious social, economic and emotional problems. When left intact and undisturbed, asbestos materials do not pose a health risk. It becomes a problem when, due to damage, disturbance, or deterioration over time, the material releases Fibers into the air. Exposure to air containing the fibers increases the risk of inhaling the fibers and developing the associated diseases.
The objectives of these Guidelines are to;
- To ensure environmentally sound disposal of asbestos
- To provide assistance compliance with Environmental Management and Coordination (Waste Management) Regulations, 2006
- To ensure safe removal, handling, packaging and transportation of asbestos.
- To create and raise awareness on hazards of asbestos.
Any person who has any intentions of removing or decommissioning and disposal of any asbestos material should consult the Guidelines on procedures including undertaking EIA and obtaining necessary approval and advice.
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