Here you will find guidance on the safe handling of asbestos cement.
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Asbestos was used in a wide range of building materials up until the late 1990s. Although asbestos can be found in all sorts of places this guidance concentrates on asbestos cement, which is the commonest form of asbestos that is likely to be found in your home, in locations such as:
- Flat or corrugated sheets used mainly for garages and sheds
- Cold water storage tanks
- External rainwater pipes and guttering
- Soffit and facia boards
- Bath panels
- Chimney flues
Some old types of vinyl floor tile and earlier Artex-type surface finishes can contain asbestos too.
Asbestos cement products in good condition present a low risk to health and can safely be left in place; asbestos cement in good condition does not need to be replaced. However, when it becomes damaged, or when it is worked upon, e.g. drilling or sawing, or if it becomes powdery with age; it can release harmful asbestos fibres.
To find out more about how to remove asbestos safely and where to dispose of it, download the leaflet above.
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Last updated on: 02 August 2011