Asbestos

Please read this guidance before starting work on asbestos cement products.

Asbestos cement was commonly used in a lot of DIY products between 1930 and 1980. Typical examples include roofing tiles and sheets, rainwater pipes and guttering, bath panels, insulation boards etc.

Asbestos cement products typically contain between 10 - 15 % bound Asbestos fibres, but may contain up to 40%.

Removal

We recommend that you hire a Licensed Contractor to remove and dispose of asbestos.

If products made from asbestos cement are in good condition, they are often best left where they are. If they are damaged, it may be possible to repair by sealing or enclosing the material. Always seek advice on the most appropriate method.

Sometimes asbestos cement products may be used to provide fire protection, and should therefore be replaced with a suitable alternative.

If you wish to remove asbestos yourself, please view the information and guidance available on the Health and Safety Executive website. Alternatively you can ring the Health & Safety Executive's information line on 0845 345 0055.

Disposal

Any household asbestos you remove can be disposed of at Granville Community Recycling Centre (CRC) (rubbish tip) in a specific sealed skip.

To do so you will need to call Granville CRC on 01952 610056 before you set out.

We will only accept asbestos once the load has been inspected by the site attendant; once the attendant is satisfied with the wrapped state they will unlock the sealed asbestos skip.

Please note: In order to minimise dust generation all asbestos materials should be thoroughly wetted prior to removal. They should then be wrapped in strong polythene bags/sheets and sealed tight with heavy duty tape before being taken for disposal. You are advised to wear a face mask to stop you from breathing in harmful dust. Also remember to wear gloves.

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