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Asbestos Factsheets

Health risks from asbestos exposure (Information sheet)

Inhaling asbestos fibres can result in asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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Managing asbestos (Information sheet)

When asbestos has been identified in a workplace, it is important to identify the specific asbestos risks and put controls in place to eliminate or minimise the chances of those risks harming people.

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Personal Protective Equipment to use when working with asbestos (Information sheet)

Personal protective equipment is an essential line of defence for minimising an asbestos risk when elimination is not practicable.

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Non-friable asbestos (Information sheet)

Non-friable asbestos is asbestos that is not able to be crumbled, pulverised or reduced to a powder by hand pressure only.

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Disposal of asbestos waste (Information sheet)

Asbestos waste must be disposed of at approved local authority refuse sites. It must not be sold or re-used.

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Last updated 12 October 2016


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.