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Asbestos

Asbestos advice for home owners and businesses

Asbestos in the home

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced an interactive plan identifying where asbestos can be found in the home.

If you have asbestos and it's not damaged, leave it where it is, especially if it's in good condition.

If there is some slight damage, you can paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint, for example a PVA emulsion. 

Badly damaged asbestos materials should be removed if they cannot be protected. Do not try to remove asbestos materials yourself if you haven't been trained, use a contractor.

Home improvements

Do not sand, drill or saw materials which may contain asbestos.

If you're employing builders for home improvements, tell them if you think there is asbestos in your home, before they start work. Telling them in advance means they can be prepared, and take the right precautions.

Asbestos removal

It is illegal for you to carry out certain works, including the removal of:

  • pipe lagging
  • spray coatings
  • asbestos insulation board

For works that you can carry out (for example, removal of corrugated asbestos sheets), you'll need to take some safety measures. Please follow the Asbestos Essentials Advice provided by the HSE.

Disposal Advice

You must not:

  • place asbestos waste in your normal household waste
  • take asbestos materials to a recycling centre

You must:

  • contact a licensed contractor (check the yellow pages or online for companies)
  • or take the asbestos to a licensed transfer site (you can find one on Norfolk County Councils website)

Fly-tipped asbestos waste​

Asbestos on private land is the responsibility of the land owner.  However, you can contact us if you have concerns about fly-tipped or damaged asbestos, even if it's on private land.

If we suspect the materials contain asbestos, we can make the land owner dispose of the asbestos safely.

Find out more from the HSE's factsheet.

Information for Businesses

If you have a responsibility for managing the maintenance and repair of a building, you are required by law to manage the asbestos which may be inside.  More information on the duty to manage can be found on the HSE's website.

The HSE's website provides you with more information regarding:

  • ​what the duty to manage is
  • who has a duty
  • what premises are affected
  • how the duty holder can comply

For further information and advice please call 01553 616200.