Asbestos- Quick Guide

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Asbestos – your quick guide

Asbestos could be in any house or building. Left alone, it isn’t dangerous.

However, once disturbed, tiny asbestos fibres are released which can prove lethal if breathed in, causing lung disease or cancer.

A Health and Safety Executive survey showed that tradespeople such as joiners and other construction workers could come into contact with deadly asbestos on average more than 100 times a year.

Asbestos can be found in walls, ceilings, floor tiles, boilers, cisterns, guttering, soffits and a host of other places.

Dangerous if disturbed

Basic maintenance work like drilling holes and sanding can release fibres which can be breathed in.

Simple ways to protect yourself

You should take precautions on even small jobs. 

Think about the asbestos risk on every job;

  • All business premises and public buildings should have a plan showing any asbestos in the building. Ask to see it if you’re asked to work on a building;
  • If possible, plan the job to avoid disturbing any asbestos;
  • if it has to be disturbed, don’t start work until you have double-checked how to do it safely and that you have the right information and training.

a. Asbestos cement Water tank

b. Pipe lagging

c. Loose fill insulation

d. Textured decorative coating eg artex

e. AIB ceiling tiles

f. AIB bath panel

g. Toilet seat and cistern

h. AIB behind fuse box

i. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler

j. AIB partition wall

k. AIB interior window panel

l. AIB around boiler

m. Vinyl floor tiles

n. AIB behind fire


o. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes

p. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement

q. AIB exterior window panel

r. Asbestos cement roof

s. Asbestos cement panels

t. Roofing felt

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board

Licensed and non-licensed work

Some materials are lower risk and you can work on them provided you take the right precautions. This is non-licensed asbestos work.

Some materials are too dangerous. Only a licensed asbestos contractor can do these jobs. This is licensed asbestos work.

Three simple things:

  • Keep dust down;
  • Use the right protective clothing;
  • Clean up properly.

Fylde Council has leaflets on how to stay safe around asbestos.

Take care at all times – and learn more:

A full guide to working with asbestos can be seen at the Health and Safety Executive website. Read carefully – and stay safe:


Further Information:

For further information, please contact Fylde Council’s Health & Safety Team:

By Post

Health & Safety Team
Fylde Borough Council
Town Hall
Lytham St Anne's

By Phone: 01253 658658

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