Asbestos can be found in most homes in the UK that were built before the year 2000. If asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) are left undisturbed, there is no significant health risk. When asbestos is disturbed it breaks up into small fibres which are released into the air. These fibres, which are invisible to the naked eye, may pose a possible health risk if they are breathed in.
Where can asbestos be found?
It is possible that asbestos could be found in the following areas:
- Insulation around pipes
- Textured finishes e.g. Artex
- Ceiling tiles and vinyl floor tiles
- Roof verge under cloaks
- Service ducts
- Bath panels
- Heating appliances and domestic equipment
- Fire-break materials used in lofts
- Panelling around steel-work
- Insulation boards and riser panels in bathrooms or ducts
- Cement sheets (flat and corrugated) used as roofing, wall cladding and guttering
KHT’s commitment to you
UK legislation requires landlords to identify ACM’s only within ‘common areas’ of their properties and make a plan to manage the asbestos. There is no legal requirement to identify ACMs within domestic properties.
Our policy on asbestos is in line with recommendations from the Government and Health and Safety Executive:
- Leave asbestos in place unless it is in an unsatisfactory condition or is likely to be subject to frequent disturbances, or if it can be removed as part of a repair, improvement or alteration.
To comply with current legislation, we have carried out asbestos surveys of communal areas in our properties.
We have also committed to go further and carry out a survey programme to identify ACMs in our residents’ home.
Asbestos and DIY
You can carry out decorating and DIY, but you must take note of the advice relating to asbestos that may be present in your home. Asbestos should not be drilled, sanded, rubbed down or disturbed in any way. If in doubt, call us on 0151 290 7000 / Freephone 0800 561 0007 – Mon-Fri 8am – 8pm Sat 9.30am – 1pm.
Dos and Don’ts for asbestos
- Contact us immediately if you think any materials may contain asbestos have been damaged or disturbed
- Contact us if protective coatings or sealants are peeling or breaking off
- Attempt work involving sprayed asbestos, lagging or insulation boards – this must be undertaken by a licensed asbestos removal contractor
- Drill, cut, scrape or sand down materials that may contain asbestos
- Break off pieces or break up large pieces of materials you believe contain asbestos
- Dust, sweep, vacuum or trample on debris that may contain asbestos
- Jet wash or clean down asbestos cement products, such as corrugated sheets