Asbestos can be found in hundreds of common building products, many of which were used up to the late 90's, a few examples of which are shown below.
Many of these items present little or no risk during normal use if well protected, however, a significant risk may be imposed if these materials are "worked" on, e.g.. cut , drilled, sanded, cleaned etc. Whenever it is required to work on these materials, the operator should be properly protected with the appropriate clothing and respiratory equipment. Also any debris from such work should be carefully removed, double bagged and disposed of at an authorised disposal site.
Depending on the extent and type of material, you may require a licence, or be required to use a licensed contractor to remove it. Your local HSE office will be able to advise on the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment), methods of safe working, the regulations regarding removal and licensing if appropriate and the nearest disposal site. In Norfolk there are three disposal sites available (as at 1st September 2011) their contact phone numbers are -
01493 653600 Gt. Yarmouth Transfer Station
Each company will have their own conditions and cost structure, so give them a call for further information.
01842 768490 Thetford Transfer Station
01603 743543 Costessey Transfer Station
WARNING - do not dispose of asbestos waste in your normal rubbish containers, as this can result in fibre release, posing a serious health risk to someone else.