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If you have had Decent Homes work carried out to your property and would like a copy of the Type 2 Asbestos Survey Report please contact the Safety Surveyor on 01293 438429.

  

If you have had Decent Homes work carried out to your property and would like a copy of the Type 2 Asbestos Survey Report please contact the Safety Surveyor on 01293 438429.

  

What's the problem with asbestos?

Asbestos was a very common material used in the construction industry across the UK. It was banned for most building purposes in the UK in the mid 1980s but a lot of asbestos remains in buildings and cannot easily be identified.

If left alone asbestos poses no problems but, if disturbed (e.g. by drilling or breaking), it can release minute asbestos particles into the air. This asbestos dust can cause asbestos-related diseases in later life.

Dealing with asbestos

Asbestos cement is a hard grey material, from which roofing sheets, down pipes and soil pipes were made. The material is a combination as the name suggests of cement and asbestos fibres. You do not need a licensed contractor to remove asbestos cement. However other types of asbestos such as pipe lagging or material containing brown or blue asbestos can be more dangerous and ought to be dealt with by a specialist contractor if it needs to be removed.

It is advisable to have any material you suspect to be asbestos tested to confirm what it actually is. Scientific tests have been developed which can determine if it is white, blue, or brown asbestos. This will then enable you to seek advice on how best to deal with a problem material, or confirm that it is in fact, no problem at all.

Asbestos can be managed in place. That is to say if you leave it undisturbed and it is in good condition it can do no harm. The asbestos can be sealed with water-based emulsion or masonry paint to protect it.

Where is asbestos found in council homes?

Asbestos was most commonly used:

Are council homes safe?

Yes. Asbestos only becomes a problem if it is interfered with. Crawley Homes shares information with tenants about where asbestos is located in their home, by sending a copy asbestos survey report when it is carried out. For example, 700 properties had boiler cupboards lined with asbestos. This poses no risk to tenants unless it is cut, drilled or accidentally damaged.

For more information on asbestos leaflet Asbestos in your Home .

Contacts

Health & Safety Executive
www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos

08701 545500

Asbestos Removal Contractors Association
01283 531126

Asbestos Testing and Consultants
(Holds list of UKAS Licensed Contractors)
01283 531126

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Environment & Housing
Town Hall
The Boulevard
Crawley
West Sussex, RH10 1UZ

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