Asbestos

Asbestos must not be put in with your general rubbish or recycling. Please note that none of the boroughs and districts in Surrey offer an asbestos removal or collection service. Advice on disposing of this waste product is different for households and businesses. Information and advice for both householders and businesses can be found on the Surrey County Council's website - Asbestos Waste

The inhalation of asbestos can cause four serious diseases which, once diagnosed, are often fatal.

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos-related lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening

The inhalation of these fibres are responsible for around 4000 deaths per year.

There is no 'Safe Level'!

Therefore, employers have a duty to manage asbestos within premises'. This does not mean that all asbestos has to be removed but it must be monitored if in good condition and removed by a suitable contactor should it present a hazard.

To gain an idea of how compliant your business is currently in this regard complete our brief self-assessment checklist - Item J

See Surrey Heath Borough Council Leaflet entitled "A Duty to Manage Asbestos".

The Health & Safety Executive Website www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos provides guidance on how to carry out a risk assessment and complete a management plan. Follow their "8 Steps to Managing Asbestos in Buildings".

For tradesmen working with asbestos, please refer to 'Asbestos - The hidden killer' campaign.

The approved Code Of Practice "Work with Materials Containing Asbestos: control of Asbestos Regulations (2006): Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance.