Asbestos materials in good condition that cannot easily be damaged
These are often best left where they are because removing can lead to higher levels of fibres in the air for some time.
Check the condition of the asbestos materials from time to time to make sure they have not become damaged or the condition has started to get worse.
If you are planning home improvements or maintenance and you have asbestos in your home, always tell the builders, maintenance workers or contractors before they start work.
Asbestos materials that are slightly damaged
These can sometimes be repaired by sealing or enclosing the material. Ask us for advice.
Asbestos materials that are badly damaged or the condition is getting worse
These can release dust and should be removed. Some asbestos materials (sprayed asbestos, lagging or insulating boards) must always be removed by contractors with a special licence issued by the government.
Health and consumer services officers can give you advice on removing asbestos and licensed contractors.
Sometimes it is dangerous to have asbestos materials (such as fire-protection materials) removed without replacing them with a suitable alternative.
- Do not disturb or damage asbestos materials that are in good condition
- If you have damaged asbestos materials in your home, or the condition of the asbestos materials is getting worse, get advice from us
- Do not continue to use oven gloves or other small items that contain asbestos. Get rid of them safely
- It you think that your warm-air heating system, electrical storage heating system or flameless catalytic gas heater may contain asbestos, ask your local gas or electricity supplier for advice. If they do contain asbestos, do not try to dismantle these appliances yourself, ask us for advice