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This advice is not aimed at businesses who have additional duties and responsibilities under health and safety legislation.
Asbestos containing materials are safe and will not harm you as long as they are intact and have not been damaged or tampered with in any way. If the asbestos has been damaged or work has been carried out on it, then asbestos dust fibres may have been produced. It is these fibres that may cause health problems such as cancer, if inhaled.
Asbestos materials must be removed and disposed of in the correct manner. The best way to do this is to use a licensed contractor. On no account should you remove asbestos coatings yourself. However, if you wish to remove asbestos cement sheeting from your garage roof, you should follow the advice given below. This advice is given in good faith to help minimise the risk involved in the removal of small quantities of asbestos material and is not intended to be relied on as providing a safe system of work, therefore, the Council accepts no liability for any loss or damages caused.
Asbestos waste must not be put out with your normal rubbish. This is because waste collection vehicles compact the waste which could lead to the release of asbestos fibres as it is broken up.
If you want asbestos to be removed from your home, you should contact a reputable licensed contractor (see local business telephone directories) or contact the Health and Safety Executive for details of licensed contractors.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.