Prevention

Prevention

If asbestos is left undisturbed then the risks are minimised.

If you think that you have asbestos in your home – be very careful when handling it.  It is advisable to seek professional advice if you want your asbestos removed.

It is very difficult to know whether a product contains asbestos.

Places around the home which may have asbestos:

  • eaves, gutters and rainwater fall pipes -asbestos cement
  • fire blankets
  • boilers
  • garage and shed roofs
  • linings for walls, ceilings and doors
  • insulation panels in some storage heaters
  • bath panels
  • central heating flues
  • loose asbestos packing between floors and in partition walls
  • floor tiles
  • ironing boards
  • ceiling finishes
 
Useful tips:
  • Best to leave asbestos undisturbed
  • Only remove asbestos if it cannot be repaired or it is likely to be disturbed
  • If disturbing asbestos –
  • Protect yourself – wear a facemask, overalls and eye protection – but remember that asbestos fibres are very small and 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.
  • Avoid creating asbestos dust – do not saw, sand, scrape or drill holes in asbestos materials 
  • Do not dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.
  • Do not use abrasive pads or brushes on power strippers to strip wax from asbestos flooring.  Never use a power stripper on a dry floor which may contain asbestos.
  • Do not try to level asbestos floor covering – if you feel it needs replacing – contact a professional – or put new floor covering over it.
  • If you have been working with asbestos – do not drag asbestos material through the house.
  • Be aware of any asbestos dust which may settle on your clothing – it can be inhaled by others and could prove lethal.
  • Dispose of asbestos properly -seek advice from your local environment agency or county council.
  • Contact a professional for advice about the identification or removal of asbestos.

Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA)

HSE Guide to selecting an Asbestos Surveyor.

HSE Guide to managing and working with Asbestos.

Take 5 and stay alive – British Lung Foundation