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Asbestos - Definition

Asbestos is a fibrous, naturally occurring, material used for insulation e.g. in boiler lagging. It can pose serious health risks when released into the air as particles. All forms of asbestos are hazardous - this includes asbestos sheeting. At least 3500 in Great Britain die each year from asbestos related diseases. Though many existing farm buildings may have asbestos sheeting forming part of the structure, regulations no longer allow its use or re-use in the construction of new buildings. It cannot be used as hardcore or for construction of farm tracks, not only is this is illegal but it also significantly increases the health risks to you and others. Asbestos can only be disposed of at a site licensed to accept asbestos.

Waste materials that contain (or are suspected to contain) asbestos should be identified and handled appropriately. For further advice on handling asbestos contact your local authority Environmental Health Department or the Health and Safety Executive.
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