I’m wondering what are the best practices for protecting ourselves from asbestos exposure during an inspection. Below are the precautions that I currently use:
- P100 Full Face Mask worn before entering any attic or crawlspace
- P100 filters replaced once a month
- Full Tyvek suit with hood worn before entering any attic or crawlspace (and thown away every time the home was built in 1978 or before)
- Use of latex gloves for attic and crawlspace
- Rinse off flashlight and camera after inspecting attic or crawlspace in pre-1978 home
- Disposable drop cloth used for homes pre-1978
- I don’t enter any attic with visible vermiculite per Nachi guidelines
- I charge more for pre-1978 homes because of the extra costs and danger
Are there any other precautions that I should be taking to protect myself, family and occupants of the home? My mother passed away from mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos, so I want to limit my exposure as much as possible.
I’m also concerned about fibers in the air in basements coming from disintegrating 9 inch square tiles, exposed asbestos tape, etc. How do we limit our exposure to things like that without wearing a full face mask and scaring the heck out of the potential home owner?
Are there any resources online for best practices for home inspectors working around asbestos?
Thanks for your help.