Somerset County Council

Asbestos testing and surveying


We provide a comprehensive range of services to identify and monitor asbestos, including project management for safe removal and workplace awareness training. We give advice, educate and provide scientific monitoring to ensure the protection of the public from exposure to asbestos. Our services are available to Local Authorities, councils, schools, businesses and the general public. 

Please visit the Somerset Scientific Services website for full details of our UKAS accredited asbestos service.

More information

Asbestos - Fly tipping 

  • For fly-tipped asbestos by the side of the highway or on Somerset County Council land, contact Somerset Waste Partnership on 01823 625700.
  • For advice on other fly-tipped asbestos, contact the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has a free 24-hour hotline 0800 80 70 60 for people to report fly tipping.

Asbestos in domestic premises
For asbestos in council housing - contact your District Council.
For asbestos in private domestic property contact your District Council or the Asbestos Team.

Asbestos in the workplace
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities enforce asbestos issues in the workplace under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. For construction, manufacturing, agriculture - contact the HSE. For shops, offices, warehouses - contact your District Council. The County Council is responsible for the management of asbestos in its own properties. It has no enforcement powers and can only provide an advisory role in relation to the above premises. Contact Somerset Scientific Services for advice.

Quality standards 
We are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for testing and inspections (asbestos). UKAS inspect us every year. We participate in external proficiency testing schemes including RICE and AIMS. We are supported by a dedicated analytical quality control section. Links to our schedules of accreditation can be found in the Information and Resources section of this page.


Contact: Somerset Scientific Services
Address: Unit 2A, Westpark 26, Chelston, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AD
Phone: 01823 355906 
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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