Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral which was widely used as a building material in the UK before 1999.
When asbestos fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases, which are responsible for around 4,500 deaths a year. Asbestos is regarded as the greatest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.
Some of the items where asbestos could be found include:
- pipe lagging
- corrugated cement sheeting
- floor tiles
- insulation board
- fire doors
- textured coatings
- brake pads
This list is not exhaustive and asbestos could potentially be present in many construction materials before 1999.
Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are not usually dangerous unless disturbed. You should not attempt to remove asbestos containing materials yourself without first seeking specialist advice.
If you believe that asbestos has been disposed of illegally by fly-tipping onto public land or waste ground, you can contact the Community Safety & Enforcement Team on 01226 773555 or use our online form to report fly-tipping.
If you live in a rented property and have concerns that it may be affected by asbestos, please contact our Housing Enforcement Team on 01226 773555.
If you believe there is issue with asbestos in your work place, you should contact either our health and safety team or the Health & Safety Executive depending on your main work activity. Please check the relevant authority first for your type of workplace:
- for work activities enforced by the HSE please us contact them on 0845 300 9923 or visit the HSE website
- or contact our Pollution Team
If you have concerns about asbestos in your own home you can find advice on the HSE website
If you have waste that you believe may contain asbestos, you can find advice on where to properly dispose of it on our Waste Management site or by contacting Waste Management on 01226 773555.
You may remove ACMs from your own home, providing you dispose of the asbestos appropriately. However we would strongly advise you to use a licensed professional to carry out any work with asbestos you may have in your home. You can find a list of accredited asbestos removal companies from the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.