Asbestos doesn't always create a health risk, but if you are moving or touching it you must take particular care. The risk arises from breathing in microscopic fibres released through mishandling or heavy wear.

It may be dangerous to disturb asbestos and it is always best to seek professional advice on its removal.

Ask to see the contractor's current asbestos handlers licence before the company starts work for you, and a written quotation.

If you're handling large amounts of material containing asbestos-cement or you're removing or disposing of other types of asbestos from commercial premises, use an Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) approved contractor. ARCA keeps a list of members whose competence in the sampling and removal of asbestos has been tested.

Domestic asbestos removal

Cement asbestos from households can also be left at the Hornsey Street Re-use and Recycling Centre, Hornsey Street, London N7 8HU by appointment only. Telephone 020 8884 5645 or email hornseyr& to arrange an appointment.

Business asbestos removal

Employers and business owners must meet your obligations under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Anyone carrying out high risk work on asbestos insulation, asbestos coating or asbestos insulating board (AIB) needs a licence issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Apply for a licence here.