I am not sure if this topic has been covered previously in this forum but I have noticed very little discussion on the topic of asbestos in vintage trailers within other sites. I thought to stir the pot here.
I see lots of rebuild projects where the floor tiles or floor vinyl have been removed. Most flooring materials pre 1985 contain asbestos fibers to some level. They can be removed safely but there are certain precautions that a person should be aware of, in my opinion.
I work in the multi family housing industry so we are involved with asbestos abatements all the time. It is an expensive nucience but the hazards are real. Of course a little flooring in one of our little gems is relatively small, but some awareness is always good.
I suggest to Google "Asbestos Awareness" to find some general information.
When it comes time for me to take out the flooring in my little trailers these are the precautions I will be taking:
- Cover all wall and ceiling surfaces with plastic.
- Set up a reasonable sized fan in a window or the doorway to create a negative pressure in the trailer.
- Suit up with disposable Tyvec coveralls complete with hood and booties.
- Use a half face respirator with HEPA (P-100) cartridges.
- Remove the tiles or vinyl; bag all waste in double 6 mil plastic bags. Seal bags before removing from the trailer.
- Remove the plastic from the ceiling and walls carefully rolling it into itself to reduce the spread of fibers. Double bag this plastic into 6 mil bags the same way as the waste flooring.
- Spray or brush an asbestos sealer on the plywood floor to seal stray fibers.
- Remove the disposable coveralls and double bag as the other waste.
- With a new Tyvec coverall suit on and the respirator on wash all the walls and surfaces with soap and water.
- Leave the fan going as long as possible while cleaning up everything.
- Some jurisdictions require labeling the bags as asbestos waste; not sure what I will do with mine yet.
Of course in a commercial environment there is air testing and monitoring etc. I know in my area there are no regulations related to non commercial handling of asbestos but the important thing is to protect yourself.