A company director has been given a suspended jail sentence, a curfew and community service after removing asbestos from a house when he was unlicensed to do so.

The director was the sole director of Absolute Asbestos Ltd.

All to frequenetly we are contacted by members of the public who have been exposed to asbestos as a consequence of workmen undertaking asbestos removal when either they where unaware that they were dealing with asbestos or simply did not care.

The Health & Safety Executive can prosecute offenders under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.  Ignoring these regulations can lead to criminal convictions and fines.

Always check that the people removing the asbestos are licensed to do the work.  If you are asked to work with what you think is asbestos ask to see the asbestos survey before any material is removed.

Useful sites to visit are:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/ and http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/faq.htm

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to asbestos then please contact your local health and safety executive office who should be able to assist you.