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Asbestos: Advice for Householders

 

Asbestos is a natural mineral and has been used in building construction for a number of years due to its fire retardant properties.  Asbestos is no longer used in construction and new properties are built with asbestos substitutes. If your property is more than 15 years old, it is possible that it may contain some materials made from asbestos.

 

Common locations where asbestos is found include:

 

  • Asbestos cement on garage or shed roofs
  • Asbestos cement on shed and garage wall panels
  • Asbestos cement on drain pipes
  • Asbestos cement on insulation board soffit, infill panels and partitions
  • Asbestos cement on the side of bath panels

 

However, there may be others in your home.

 

 

Normally asbestos does not give rise to health problems if it is in good condition, however, if it is damaged, broken, drilled, cut or sanded small fibres can be released which can give rise to long term health problems. If in doubt leave well alone and seek expert help and advice. A number of licensed asbestos contractors can be found in the phone book.

 

What to do if you have asbestos in your home

 

The general rule is to always leave asbestos alone, it is usually safe unless it is damaged or disturbed.

 

  • Paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint such as PVA emulsion, and never sand, drill or saw asbestos materials
  • Always seek advice before removing asbestos and follow the guidance in the task sheets which can be found on the Health & Safety Executive Asbestos Essentials website
  • Do not attempt to remove asbestos lagging, spray coatings or large areas of insulation board by yourself as these materials can only be removed by a licensed contractor
  • Sometimes it may be necessary for a licensed asbestos contractor to take a sample, for example to identify the type of asbestos

 

Asbestos cement sheets can be disposed of at the following Recycling Centres:

 

Cannock Recycling Centre              Wombourne Recycling Centre

Lichfield Road                             Botterham Lane
Cannock                                    Wombourne

WS11 8NQ                                 DY3 4RA

 

For further information contact Staffordshire County Council on: Tel: 0300 111 8000 or 01785 277452 or Email: recycling@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have produced a number of leaflets which provide more information on the duties businesses have in respect of asbestos management in business premises. For further information, please visit the HSE website.

 

Contact

 

Food & Safety Team

Telephone: 01902 696220

Email: env.commercial@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

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