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Asbestos booklet (397kb) - Viridian Housing

“We are committed to enhancing the

lives of our residents by facilitating social

transformation and providing top quality

management of all of our homes.”

Asbestos

Information and advice

Viridian Housing

Colwell House, 376 Clapham Road,

London SW9 9AR

Telephone: 0330 123 0220

Email: customerservices@viridianhousing.org.uk

www.viridianhousing.org.uk


Asbestos

Information and advice for you and your family

This booklet provides you and your family with important

information about materials containing asbestos, which may

be present in your home. It also gives you information on how

we manage asbestos.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a strong, fibrous material

which is resistant to chemicals and

heat. It was popular between the

1950s and 1980s because of its

insulation, fire proofing and sound

protection qualities, but was banned

in the UK in 1999. However, a lot of

our housing was built before this

time and some properties may still

contain it.

It is our policy, in line with the

Department for Communities and

Local Government (DCLG) and

the Health and Safety Executive’s

recommendations, to leave asbestos

as it is. However, if it is in a bad

condition, is likely to be disturbed, or

if maintenance work is taking place

on or near it, we will remove it.

If materials are left undisturbed, there

is no risk to you or your family.

What are the risks?

Materials containing asbestos can look the same as those that do not.

Carrying out repairs on areas of your home containing asbestos, may

release fibres into the air. Breathing in the fibres can cause serious

health issues.

As long as materials containing asbestos are left

*undisturbed, there is no risk to you or your family.


Where could asbestos be in your home?

This is not a full list; but includes some of the common places you may find

asbestos in your home.

Inside your home

• Wall and ceiling coatings,

particularly textured coatings

• Boxed in panels above, below or

next to doorways and windows

• Panels behind radiators and

cookers

• Floor tiles

• Panels underneath stairs

• Toilets cisterns

• Insulation for boiler and water

heaters

• Boiler pipes

• Storage radiators

• Bath panels

• Fireplace panels

• Panels underneath sinks

• Water tanks

• Insulation around pipes

Outside

• Roof sheets and tiles on your

home, garage or shed

• Guttering and drainpipes

If you think materials in your home

may contain asbestos, do not carry

out work on that area. Instead,

please contact us for advice.

Dos and don’ts in your home

Do contact us straight away if:

• any material you think may contain asbestos has been damaged or disturbed

• protective coatings are peeling or breaking off or

• cement-based products, such as guttering or shed roofs, become damaged or

badly weathered.

Make sure you don’t:

• work on, damage or remove materials without contacting us first

• drill or cut any material you think may contain asbestos

• clean cement products with a jet hose

• remove old floor tiles or vinyl. Instead, leave them in place and lay new floor

coverings over the top

• remove textured coatings from ceilings. Be sure to wash any areas where the

paint is flaking before you paint it again.

Carrying out do-it-yourself (DIY) in your home

Before carrying out any DIY work on your

home, please contact us for advice. We

will let you know if it is safe for the work

to be carried out. You may also need our

permission under the conditions of your

tenancy agreement.

As a leaseholder, you are responsible for

all fixtures and fittings in your home. This

includes floor tiles and ceiling coatings.

We are responsible for the structure of the

building and shared areas.

Always seek our advice and permission before carrying out DIY

work. You may also need our permission under the conditions of

*your tenancy agreement.


What are we doing?

If materials containing asbestos in

your home are damaged, contact

us and we will deal with it in a safe

and appropriate way. Your health

and safety is the most important

thing to us.

We have a long term commitment

to managing asbestos in all of our

properties. We are doing this by:

• carrying out surveys to find

materials in shared areas and

individual homes that contain

asbestos

• inspecting all homes we know to

have asbestos each year to make

sure the materials are still in a safe

condition

• providing information about

the condition and location of

materials and

• making sure the appropriate action

is taken by anyone who may come

into contact with asbestos fibres,

including visitors and contractors.

* Our contact details

0330 123 0220

0330 123 0221 (Minicom)

asbestosinfo@viridianhousing.org.uk

Other contacts

For more advice on asbestos, please contact:

Health and Safety Executive

Phone: 0845 345 0055

Website: www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos

If you are concerned about health and safety

standards, please contact:

The Environment Agency

Phone: 08708 506 506

Website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

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