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Transporting Asbestos: haziSAFE Bulk Bags VS Polythene

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used extensively in construction until the 1970s when its dangers became widely known. Asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, when inhaled. As a result, it is now classified as a hazardous material and requires special handling.

When it comes to transporting asbestos, there are two common methods: wrapping it in polythene or placing it in haziSAFE asbestos bulk bags. While both methods can be effective, there are significant differences in terms of safety and environmental impact.

Wrapping asbestos in polythene for transport can be a dangerous method for several reasons. First, polythene is not airtight, which means that asbestos fibers can escape into the environment during transport. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can remain suspended in the air for long periods, making them a potential hazard to anyone who comes into contact with them.

Second, polythene is not as strong as haziSAFE bulk bags, which means that it is more likely to tear or puncture during transport. This could lead to a release of asbestos fibers, which could be catastrophic for both the environment and the health of anyone in the vicinity.

Finally, wrapping asbestos in polythene creates unnecessary waste. Once the asbestos has been safely transported, the polythene must be disposed of properly, which can be expensive and time-consuming.

In contrast, placing asbestos in bulk bags is a safer and more environmentally friendly method of transport. Our haziSAFE bulk bags are made of heavy-duty woven polypropylene, which is designed to be strong enough to withstand the weight of the asbestos without tearing or puncturing. The bags are also airtight, which means that any asbestos fibers that may be released during transport are contained within the bag, minimizing the risk to the environment and anyone who encounters the bag.

In conclusion, while both methods of transporting asbestos have their pros and cons, placing asbestos haziSAFE bags is the safer and more environmentally friendly option. It minimizes the risk of asbestos fibers escaping into the environment and creates less waste, making it a better choice for both public health and the planet.


If you’re looking to switch to haziSAFE bags to make transporting asbestos safer for your team, get in touch with us today – hello@hazidirect.co.nz | 06 777 5800