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Asbestos is a mineral fibre that was used for many years due to its strength and resistance to heat and oil. If your property was built or refurbished before the year 2000, it's possible that it contains materials made from asbestos. The inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.
For advice on the correct handling of asbestos, please contact the Health & Safety Executive.
Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, in some circumstances working with asbestos requires a licence; it is an offence to work with asbestos without one and could result in prosecution.
In non-domestic situations, the law on asbestos work is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive with the local authority inspectors enforcing mainly in the retail and services sectors.
Some minor work is notifiable but can be carried out by those who are trained without a need for a license. Information on notificable work is available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/guidance/a0.pdf.
In such cases you must notify the work to the enforcing authority, keep a record of the job and ensure all workers have had a medical examination (From April 2015).
If you are in retail or a service business and are planning any work where you suspect asbestos may be present. Contact us on 01636 650000 or email: email@example.com
Controlled and authorised removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials is required in all cases. For more on the disposal of asbestos, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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