Q: can the courts make you clean asbestos from a torn down house as part of your community service
A: Since asbestos is a carcinogenic agent which needs to be carefully handled, the answer is no. Removing asbestos can entail tremendous health consequences, as well as serious environmental contamination, if performed incorrectly. Therefore, it is a job which must be left to professionals who have priorly undergone thorough training in this regard and know how to safely deal with hazardous substances. Your community service should definitely not include removing asbestos from old, damaged buildings, even if you are provided with protective equipment.
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