Hazardous substances

Asbestos - domestic properties
Asbestos is a natural fibrous material.  There were three types commonly used in the UK.  These are blue asbestos (crocidolite) brown asbestos (amosite) and white asbestos (chrysotile).

Asbestos was used because it is resistant to heat and chemicals and is strong yet flexible.  It was therefore widely used as a building and insulation material.

Due to its fibrous nature asbestos can be breathed and penetrate deep into the lungs.  This can lead to asbestosis and possible lung cancer.  

Please visit the Health and Safety Executive website for information on the removal of asbestos.

Please visit Hampshire County Council's website for further information on controlled disposal. 

Asbestos - non domestic premises
Employers and business owners must meet your obligations under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012

For full information please visit the Health and Safety Executive website


Radon
Radon is a natural radioactive gas, which enters buildings from the ground. It has no taste, smell or colour and is present in all parts of the UK. Outdoors, it is diluted to very low levels, however in some cases, the radon level indoors can build up to high concentrations and in such cases it does pose a serious risk to health.

Radon Levels in Eastleigh Borough 
Public Health England have produced an indicative map of radon levels across the UK. The vast majority of properties within the Borough of Eastleigh are not in a radon affected area and fall within a maximum radon exposure level of 1-3%. This means that no protection from radon is required. Please visit Public Health England for further information.