Manufacturers added asbestos to the roofing felt up to 1992, after which the UK banned it.
Not all roofing felt contains asbestos. It is more likely to be non-asbestos.
The only way to know for sure is to have it tested.
Roofing felt can take many forms, from whole rolls to small shingles.
It is not easy to know which type contains asbestos. have a sample tested for asbestos.
In the meantime, it is safer to presume it contains asbestos.
Working with any asbestos can be dangerous.
Roofing felt containing asbestos is classed as a low-risk material. Because there is only a small amount of fibres (up to 10%) and the fibres are bound in the bitumen, they will not release many fibres when removing the roofing felt.
As long as the material is in good condition and not releasing fibres, there is no need to remove it.
Working on the roofing felt would be classed as non-licensed removal.
People who carry out any work on asbestos materials must receive the correct information, instruction and training.
The asbestos essentials website has a task sheet that instructs contractors how to remove asbestos roofing felt.
Asbestos must be double wrapped in heavy-duty plastic wrapping.
Household rubble sacks are allowed as long as the asbestos double wrapped and sealed within the bags.
The asbestos essentials task sheet has further information on asbestos waste.
Find the nearest waste transfer facilities that can take asbestos waste by following this link.