If asbestos has been found on public land you can report it to us using our online form above.
Common places for find asbestos in the home
If your property is more than 15 years old, it's possible that it contains materials made from asbestos.
Common locations are listed here, there may be others in your home - if in doubt, don't try to remove it yourself - get expert help:
- Asbestos cement on garage or shed roofs
- Asbestos cement shed and garage wall panels
- Asbestos cement drain pipes
- Asbestos cement or insulation board soffit, infill panels and partitions
- Asbestos cement on the side of bath panels
This advice is aimed at householders. The HSE have produced a number of leaflets which are more appropriate for businesses.
If you rent your home contact your landlord or housing association for further advice.
What to do if you have asbestos in your home
The general rule is to always leave asbestos alone, it's usually safe unless it's damaged or disturbed.
Paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint such as PVA emulsion, and never scrape, sand, drill or saw asbestos materials.
Always seek advice before thinking of removing asbestos and follow the basic rules below if carrying out asbestos cement removal work. Do not attempt to remove asbestos lagging, spray coatings or large areas of Insulation Board by yourself as these materials 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 likely to be present.
Safe asbestos cement removal - outside the house
Asbestos cement can be safely removed by remembering these basic rules:
- Wear protective clothing - disposable overall with hood, disposable paper face mask (an oral/nasal mask with high efficiency filter elements for use with asbestos) and rubber or disposable gloves.
- Damp down - use a plant sprayer or hosepipe but don't soak the area, as this will make cleaning up more difficult.
- Remove the asbestos without breaking it up, wrap in polythene sheeting or bags and seal with tape.
- Visually inspect the area and clear up any debris by hand - wipe down with disposable damp clothes. Never use a vacuum cleaner, as this will just spread dust around.
- Pick up polythene sheeting and remove protective clothing and dispose of both as asbestos waste.
- Wash hands and face after the job is completed.
Disposal of asbestos waste
Asbestos cement can be disposed of free of charge by householders at the Household Waste Recycling site on Bexhill Road - check with the site operator which skip you should use.
Only 4 sheets or 6 small bags (roughly 25kg each) of bonded asbestos and plasterboard will be accepted per month, per household. Bonded asbestos must be double wrapped in two layers of plastic. In order to monitor and enforce this monthly limit the staff will record the record name, address and vehicle registration of all residents bringing asbestos to the site.
If, as a house holder, 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.
You should take the following steps to ensure that asbestos does not contaminate your car:
- Spray sheets of asbestos cement with water
- Double wrap or double bag the asbestos cement with heavy-duty polythene
- Ensure the wrapping is secured with tape
- Make sure vehicle occupants do not have access to the asbestos waste
Asbestos do's and don'ts
Don't panic if you think you have asbestos in your home - it's usually only a problem if it's disturbed
Do treat asbestos with respect
Don't drill, saw or disturb materials that contain asbestos
Do seek advice if you think you've got a problem with asbestos in your home