Asbestos is a soft, greyish-white material that was widely used in building construction before the year 2000.
Asbestos becomes a risk to human health when it is released into the air and breathed in. Where asbestos is in poor condition or is likely to be damaged during the normal use of the building, it should be sealed, enclosed or removed.
Testing for asbestos
The only definite way of knowing if a material is asbestos is by having it tested.
We do not offer an asbestos testing service, but you can contact a licensed asbestos specialist to carry out testing.
You may wish to use a Health and Safety Executive licensed asbestos remover.
You can remove and dispose of asbestos yourself as long as you take safety precautions to prevent fibres becoming airborne. You will then have to take the asbestos containing material to a local recycling centre; you will need a permit from Leicestershire County Council to take asbestos to a recycling centre. Only some recycling centres will accept asbestos cement - providing that it is double wrapped in clear plastic sheeting.
If you are a private tenant please contact your landlord.
Asbestos at work
Employers and employees have a legal duty to prevent exposure to asbestos. And anyone in charge of premises must manage the risk from asbestos. Read more about dealing with asbestos at work.
Report an issue with asbestos material due to work by a neighbour
If a neighbour is carrying out work and you believe asbestos flakes are coming into your garden or property you should report this to us immediately. If you suspect that a contractor is undertaking the work you should also report this to the Health and Safety Executive.