Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was commonly used in many forms as a building material in the UK until the late 1990s. A fibrous material, it was added to other products to strengthen them and provide fire-proofing and noise reduction. If your home was built before the year 2000, there is a possibility it may contain asbestos.
If that is the case, please be reassured that undisturbed, undamaged or sealed asbestos is safe. However, as your housing provider, we want to make sure you understand both our responsibilities and yours if asbestos is present in your home.
To find out more about asbestos, check out the following links to view our leaflets, or read further details below.
We follow a strict Health and Safety Executive Approved Code of Practice, carrying out management surveys to our homes that predate 2000 and require any building or maintenance works. We also carry out regular inspections of known asbestos containing materials within our blocks to ensure that it remains undisturbed. Our aim is to gather as much information as possible about asbestos in our properties so we can inform you as well as contractors ahead of carrying out any work. This information is known as the Asbestos Register.
We undertake asbestos surveys of your home during improvement works, or when we upgrade empty properties and the information is recorded on our register.
Where necessary, we will remove any damaged or fragile material; however, it is not necessary to remove asbestos that is in good condition. Most occurrences of asbestos in housing are of low risk and unlikely to harm your health.
If asbestos is present in your home, we will not usually remove it unless it is likely to be disturbed. In cases where materials containing asbestos do need to be removed, we will work with you to agree a plan to do so.
Materials containing asbestos in good condition will not release asbestos fibres, and there is no danger unless fibres are released. Usually, no action is required on your part and you do not need to tell us if you think you have asbestos in your home.
If you think you have damaged or disturbed asbestos in your home, you should contact us by phone immediately.
Only a specialist contractor can remove asbestos products.