Advice on asbestos

Asbestos containing materials isn’t a cause for concern if it’s in good condition and in a place where they’re unlikely to be disturbed.

However, when asbestos materials age or become damaged (eg when drilled, sawn, scrubbed or sanded), they can release toxic fibres into the air. Breathing in asbestos fibres is dangerous and can lead to asbestos related lung diseases, including cancers.

It's important that you don't damage asbestos or handle asbestos that’s been damaged

If you'd like further advice on asbestos, including the duty to manage asbestos, contact the health and safety team or visit the HSE website.

ASB5 asbestos notification form

To carry out asbestos licensed removal works, which come under the remit of local authority enforcement, you should submit a completed ASB5 form to

You can find the ASB5 forms and further information here.

Page last updated: 26 November 2018