Asbestos

Why worry about asbestos in the home?

Common materials used in the construction building trade contain asbestos. Places where you may find asbestos in your home are:

  • asbestos cement on garage or shed roofs
  • asbestos cement shed and garage wall panels
  • asbestos cement drain pipes
  • asbestos cement or insulation board soffits, infill panels and partitions
  • asbestos cement on the side of bath panels
  • artex ceilings
  • floor tiles
  • loft, cement water tanks and flue pipes
  • soil pipes

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide more information on asbestos in the home.

If you are a business or employee and need information about asbestos in the workplace, visit the HSE website.

Please be reminded that fly-tipping is an offence. Asbestos must be disposed of properly. To find where you can dispose of asbestos, visit GOV.UK - Asbestos in your home or Waste Aware - What can I recycle?

For general advice on dealing with asbestos in your home, email env.health@stevenage.gov.uk or telephone 01438 242908.

What to do if you have asbestos in your home

Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

  • Treat asbestos with respect and always leave asbestos alone.
  • Asbestos is usually safe unless it is damaged or disturbed.
  • If you think you have asbestos in your home, always seek advice before thinking of removing it.
  • Paint indoor materials with an alkali resistant paint such as PVA emulsion.
  • Never sand, drill or saw asbestos materials.
  • The removal of asbestos lagging, spray coatings or large areas of insulation board must only be carried out by a licensed contractor.
  • Sometimes it will be necessary to take a sample, for example to identify the type of asbestos.

If your home is rented, your landlord may have relevant information. 

If you are a council tenant and need advice about asbestos in your home, please call 01438 242242 and ask to speak to the Asbestos Management Officer.

Contact details

Environmental Health & Licensing
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

01438 242908 / 242916
env.health@stevenage.gov.uk