If you think that your property may contain asbestos, we can advise you on having it removed and disposed of.
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If your property is more than 15 years old, it's possible that it contains materials made from asbestos.
Don't panic if you think you have asbestos in your home. The general rule is always leave asbestos alone. It's usually safe unless it's damaged or disturbed.
If in doubt about asbestos in your home, seek expert help before doing any work yourself.
Common locations of asbestos cement include:
If your home is rented, your landlord may have relevant information.
You can paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint such as PVA emulsion. You must never sand, drill or saw asbestos materials.
Always seek advice before thinking of removing asbestos. Do not attempt to remove asbestos lagging, spray coatings or large areas of insulation board by yourself, as these can only be safely removed by a licensed contractor.
Sometimes it will be necessary to take a sample, for example to identify the type of asbestos. You can search for details of companies to undertake this work under categories such as 'asbestos products and services' or 'asbestos removal'.
Asbestos cement can be safely removed by remembering the basic rules below.
Asbestos cement may sometimes be disposed of by householders at a Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
Contact the centre prior to your journey, to ensure that they can take your asbestos on the day.
If you intend to transport asbestos cement waste in your own vehicle, you do not need to be a registered carrier, provided that it is your own waste.
Take the following steps to ensure that asbestos does not contaminate your car:
For removal and disposal of asbestos in a workplace, contact our Environmental Health department using the details below.
You can also contact the Health and Safety Executive via the HSE website or by calling 0845 345 0055.
You can contact us for advice about asbestos using the details below.
Phone: 02380 285411
Our office hours are:
Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday: 8.45am to 4.45pm