What is Asbestos
Asbestos is a general name given to several naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have crystallised to form fibres. Asbestos fibres do not dissolve in water or evaporate, they are resistant to heat, fire, chemical and biological degradation and are mechanically strong.
Is Asbestos Dangerous
Yes, Asbestos is dangerous, (Especially if disturbed), to human health and must be disposed of safely.
What to Do If You Find Asbestos in Your Home
In most cases, asbestos is safe in your home unless it's damaged or disturbed. So, it's best to leave it alone if possible.
Asbestos Dos and Don'ts
Key Points to Keep in Mind:
- Don't panic if you suspect there's asbestos in your home – it's usually only a problem if it gets disturbed or damaged.
- Always treat asbestos with caution and respect.
- Avoid drilling, sawing, or disturbing materials that contain asbestos, including sanding or scraping for decorative purposes.
It is not accepted at any of our recycling centres.
If you are worried there may be asbestos in your home the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and GOV.UK website explains what to look out for.