Going Nuclear with a Touch of Asbestos

A critical aspect of the removal of industrial, chemical, and mining plants is dealing with any hazardous materials present on-site in a responsible and cost-effective manner, while complying with all applicable regulations.
Jet Demolition has carried out such projects under extremely demanding conditions, including radioactive decontamination according to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and NNR (National Nuclear Regulator) standards.
“We also regularly conduct decontamination and safe disposal of a broad spectrum of hazardous industrial materials and chemical substances,” Jet demolition safety manager, Marthinus Botha comments.
Well equipped
The demolition specialist is well-equipped and experienced to deliver environmentally-responsible, but also practical projects for large industrial and mining sites. It has previously demolished an extensive
range of industrial, chemical, and mining plants, where a wide spectrum of toxic or hazardous materials were decontaminated, treated, neutralised,
or disposed of.
These include arsenic, uranium isotopes, methane, hydrochloric, hydrofluoric and sulphuric acid, cyanide, benzene, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, oxygenated solvents, vanadium pentoxide, limestone
ammonium nitrate, lead, manganese, mercury, and sodium hydrosulphide.
In addition, the company offers asbestos abatement, which is often associated with the demolition of older structures. The company is registered with the Department of Labour as an asbestos contractor, and
is certified to safely remove all types of asbestos in strict accordance with the relevant regulations and standards, such as the Asbestos Regulations 155 of 2002, Environmental Laws Amendment Act 14 of 2009 and Waste Act 59 of 2008.
Trained with the correct equipment
“Our personnel are fully trained and experienced to identify and handle asbestos, including asbestos contaminated materials. We work closely with independent occupational hygienists to develop a comprehensive asbestos plan of work, and carry
out compliance and air monitoring throughout the course of the project,” Marthinus explains.
Specialised PPE (personal protective equipment) is required to undertake the works, as well as method-specific equipment such as HEPA filter
vacuum cleaners. Jet Demolition has asbestos decontamination units as part of its fleet, meaning it is able to offer this service without restriction. Both dry and wet removal and encapsulation techniques are deployed, thereby best limiting the spread of asbestos fibres.
The biggest challenge is posed by asbestos-associated infrastructure. Rail lines used to transport asbestos material are often contaminated with
fly material, resulting in thousands of tonnes of contaminated ballast. Similarly, old mines are fraught with asbestos contamination that must be
assessed, identified, and mapped carefully, and then handled appropriately.
While this is a niche service, Jet Demolition offers asbestos abatement and decontamination of uranium and other hazardous materials as part of
its turnkey demolition solutions.
Jet Demolition
Kate Bester
Tel: (011) 495-3800
Email: kate@jetdemolition.co.za