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When am I at risk?

You are mostly at risk when:

Remember, as long as the asbestos is not damaged or located somewhere where it can be easily damaged it won't be a risk to you.

Are you sure that you don't come in to contact with asbestos?

Also check the equipment and method sheets for details on what to use and how, and whether the activity needs to be notified.

This list does not include all occupations where you may come in to contact with asbestos. Some of the places where you may find it can be found in our interactive diagram.

It's not easy to tell if materials contain asbestos from how they look. It can only be properly identified in a specialist laboratory. But here are a few examples; some pictures are also featured in the asbestos picture gallery:

Some of the examples listed above can only be carried out by a contractor who has been granted a licence from HSE, details of this can be found in the licensing section of this website. Other jobs can be carried out using the task sheets, (make sure you use the correct sheet for the job). Also check the equipment and method sheets for details on what to use and how.

How do I deal with asbestos waste?

Make sure you double-bag it and label as asbestos waste. You can then get in contact with the Local Authority or Environment Agency to find out if they will assist you in disposing of it, they may charge for this service. Alternatively, you can contact the Environment Agency or if based in Scotland, SEPA. The waste must be disposed of at a licensed tip.

Updated 2012-03-13