If your property is more than 10 years old, it's possible that it contains materials made from asbestos.
We encourage people to follow these guidelines when confronted with asbestos:
- leave asbestos alone - it's usually safe unless it's damaged or disturbed
- don't panic if you think you have asbestos in your home - it's usually only a problem if it's disturbed
- treat asbestos with respect - don't drill, saw or disturb materials that contain it
- seek advice if you think you've got a problem with asbestos in your home
Who to contact about asbestos
If your home is rented and you're concerned about asbestos you should contact your landlord in the first instance. If you own your home and suspect it contains asbestos, the Council will provide advice. If you have small amounts of asbestos cement to dispose of you should contact our hazardous waste collection service on 020 7332 3433.
Report an asbestos issue to the Council
You can also contact us by phone, email or post.
Typical asbestos locations include:
- decorative ceiling finishes
- asbestos cement on garage or shed roofs
- asbestos cement shed and garage wall panels
- asbestos cement drain pipes
- asbestos cement or insulation board soffit, infill panels and partitions
- asbestos cement on the side of bath panels
- old ironing boards
- boilers more than 10 years old
- old floor tiles
Asbestos advice for businesses
The above is aimed at house holders. The health and safety executive (HSE) has produced a number of guidelines which are more appropriate for businesses.