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Asbestos in the home

Worried there may be asbestos in your home?

If you are worried there may be asbestos  in your home the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website explains what to look out for.


Asbestos removal

Asbestos materials are often best left alone if in good condition and unlikely to get damaged.

We do not carry out asbestos sampling, analysis or removal.  We offer general guidance on handling asbestos, and will advise when specialist help may be required.

You can find specialist asbestos removal contractors in standard telephone and trade directories.  If you live in rented accommodation, please speak to your landlord.

Alternatively, if you choose to remove asbestos materials yourself, you should use the correct protective equipment and follow safe working practices - read the HSE's advice sheets for more information.


Asbestos disposal

Asbestos is classed as hazardous waste.  It must not be disposed of in your normal household waste and cannot be taken to any Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

For advice on the proper disposal of asbestos visit our Hazardous waste collections page.


Asbestos in the workplace

Owners, occupiers or managers of non-domestic premises have a legal duty to manage asbestos found in places of work.  Further advice can be found in our Asbestos in the Workplace section.