Asbestos

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring material made up of small fibres.  It is strong and resistant to heat, which is why it was used widely in the building industry for many years.

From the 1930’s to 1980’s asbestos was used in all forms of building.  It was used in new properties, factories, schools as well as for refurbishment of older properties.

Asbestos is unlikely to have been used in properties built after the mid 1980’s and from 1993 its use was banned in most products.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

Asbestos itself is not dangerous.  It can only become dangerous if material containing asbestos is damaged.  When damaged, the asbestos fibres can get into the air.  Breathing in high levels of these fibres can cause serous damage to your lungs. 

It is very unlikely that the levels of fibres in your home is dangerous, even if there is material containing asbestos.  The greatest risk arises when material containing asbestos is damaged, drilled, cut, sawn, sanded, scrubbed and DIY work can result in brief but high levels of fibres in the air.

Where is asbestos found?

Asbestos can be found in many forms and nearly everywhere in a building.  Just some of the examples of materials that may contain asbestos are

  • Insulating boards
  • Rainwater pipes
  • Lagging ceiling tiles
  • Artex
  • Corrugated cement sheeting
  • Floor tiles
  • Old storage heaters (pre 1976)
  • Ironing boards and oven gloves
  • (Cavity wall insulation and loft lagging does not contain asbestos)

How can you identify asbestos?

It is difficult for a lay person to recognise asbestos and the materials that contain it.  Even a trained surveyor would find it difficult to tell which materials have asbestos in them.  Only a specially trained surveyor with access to chemical analysis can tell for sure what contains asbestos.

Tamar’s policy

Tamar is committed to keeping all of our residents safe.  Therefore, we have conducted a full asbestos survey of our properties carried out by a trained surveyor.  We have identified all of the asbestos in our properties.  Where it is not safe to leave it in place we have removed it.

We now have a register which tells us where the remaining asbestos is, what type of material it is and its condition.  Also, our contractors know what signs to look for and will report to us any material that they suspect may contain asbestos.

Do I have asbestos in my home?

Tamar has informed all residents where we believe that their home contains asbestos.  This was done in 2010 or when you signed up for your tenancy.

What is the risk to me and my family?

The levels of asbestos in your home are not likely to be harmful.  If there is material containing asbestos in your home and it is in good condition, there is very little risk to you and your family and it is best left undisturbed.

If the asbestos has been damaged please seek advice from Tamar on 01752 250902.

Will the asbestos be removed from my home?

In all cases, where it is safer to remove the asbestos from a home, Tamar has already done that.  If you still have asbestos in your home, it is now safer to leave it where it is than to remove it.  Tamar does not plan to remove any more asbestos, unless it gets damaged. If this happens we will consider removal, if this is the safest way to deal with the problem.