Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in beach huts

Asbestos used to be a common building material and can be found in some beach huts built between 1950 and 1970, typically in roofing or floor tiles.

Many people have concerns about the health effects of asbestos, but if left undisturbed, it's not dangerous. Most people are exposed to low amounts of asbestos fibres present in the atmosphere with no ill effects. 

You can still use your beach hut as normal. 

If you're planning to carry out any changes to the inside of your beach hut that might damage or disturb its fabric, for example, by drilling or cutting, please contact Sandbanks beach office for advice before starting work. 

We are responsible for the maintenance and repair of our beach huts. We are the duty holder as defined in Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. 

We must:

  • identify whether asbestos is actually present
  • assess its condition
  • manage any risks

We have up to date management plans that we act upon if needed. 

Read the HSE guidance: why is asbestos dangerous? for more information.

Page last updated: 13 May 2019
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