Should we remove our asbestos cement shed roof?

John Conlin / 27 November 2018

A reader is concerned he will be forced to remove his asbestos shed roof.



Question

The roof of our garden shed is worrying us as it is made of corrugated asbestos and our neighbour is threatening to contact Environmental Health if we don’t have it removed. Do we have a legal duty to do this?

Answer

The legal duty is to ‘manage asbestos responsibly’. This rarely involves removal because the recommendations of the Government’s Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency are that where asbestos cement products such as corrugated and sheet materials remain in sound condition and are not at risk of impact damage they should be left undisturbed.

This advice is based on two facts: asbestos cement only contains a small proportion of asbestos and removal is likely to release more asbestos than leaving the material undisturbed.

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