Asbestos was widely used for the construction of buildings, building materials, and household items. There are three main types of asbestos – blue, brown, and white.
The most common asbestos found around the home is known as ‘bonded asbestos’ or ‘asbestos cement’, this is where asbestos was mixed with another material like cement to make the product stronger.
What should you do if you think you have asbestos?
If you are about to carry out building works or DIY in your home, and you think that you may have asbestos you should get advice first.
We have produced a leaflet called ‘Asbestos around the home’ which is available to view or download from the related content section. This provides information about the most common products that asbestos cement is found in. It also provides advice about what to do if you have found asbestos cement; how to deal with it safely; and how to dispose of it properly.
Essex County council will collect up to 40 kilograms of bonded asbestos or asbestos cement from your home free of charge. For more advice please follow the link to their website provided in the related content, or phone their Waste & Recycling Helpline on 0345 603 7625.
You can also get details of specialist companies from the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA), please follow the link to their website in the related content. You are advised to get a quote first as the cost to remove asbestos can vary.
The Health and Safety Executive provides advice booklets, and information including photos of the different types of asbestos. To find out more, please follow the link to their website in the related content.
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