Asbestos is a mineral substance that can split into many tiny fibres. When present in the air, these fibres can be inhaled into the lungs where they may lodge. If sufficient fibres are inhaled they can lead to diseases such as lung scarring, lung cancer and mesothelioma (cancer outside of the lungs).

The exposures encountered by members of the general public outdoors or in their homes are very low and unlikely to present any risk. Nevertheless, it is wise to take precautions if you are doing DIY on any substance you suspect may contain asbestos as illness is often associated with large exposures.

We can give advice to residents and businesses on what to do if you believe asbestos may be present in a building.

If you are responsible for the maintenance or repair of a building, you must manage any asbestos within it (Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006).

For full details visit the Health and Safety Executive websiteThey have produced a number of leaflets which give guidance for businesses.

Reporting an issue

Use this service to:

  • report asbestos


You will need:

  • details of the issue
  • the location of the issue

Please do not use this form to report an emergency. Emergencies can be reported on 01202 123 123 Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays. Please call 0800 506050 outside of these hours.

Page last updated: 19 April 2021
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