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.
- Do not panic if you think you have asbestos in your home - it's usually only a problem if it's disturbed
- 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.
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.
Non-licensed notifiable work
Some minor work is notifiable but can be carried out by those who are trained without a need for a license. Information on notifiable 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Controlled and authorised removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials is required in all cases. If you are a resident and dismantle and remove a structure containing asbestos yourself from your own home, you can book an appointment to dispose of it at a dedicated site for a fee of £80, providing you meet certain criteria. For more on the disposal of asbestos, please contact Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80 or you can book an asbestos disposal appointment by visiting https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/recycling-and-disposing-of-waste/asbestos-disposal-booking.