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Asbestos frequently asked questions

 

1. I think I have asbestos in my home, is it dangerous?

2. Do PHP plan to remove asbestos from my home?

3. I have accidentally damaged some asbestos in my home, what should I do?

4. My child has eaten a substance containing asbestos (e.g. a piece of floor tile, or wall artex). Are they at risk and what should I do?

5. I have a repair that needs to be done in my home and there may be asbestos present. Who should I talk to about it?

6. I used to be a builder and would regularly handle asbestos without protection. Why are things different now?

 


 


I think I have asbestos in my home, is it dangerous?

So long as you don't touch it, it's perfectly safe. Materials containing asbestos should not be drilled through, nailed or screwed through, sanded, cut or worked on in any way as dangerous fibres may be released.


Do PHP plan to remove asbestos from my home?

Only where it would cause problems for our major programmes of work, e.g. replacing kitchens, bathrooms, re-wires, etc. Otherwise, it will be left in place and re-inspected at regular intervals.


I have accidentally damaged some asbestos in my home, what should I do?

Inform the Asbestos Co-Ordinator, who will arrange for the material to be safely removed by our licensed contractors.


My child has eaten a substance containing asbestos (e.g. a piece of floor tile, or wall artex). Are they at risk and what should I do?

Asbestos fibres are only dangerous when inhaled, not eaten. It is advisable to have the material removed to avoid the situation happening again.


I have a repair that needs to be done in my home and there may be asbestos present. Who should I talk to about it?

Contact the Help Desk first. They may be able to make an appointment for a Property Inspector to make a visit and assess the repair.

Should any asbestos need removing, we can arrange this. The Tenant Liaison Officer from AA Woods will contact the resident direct to arrange a convenient date and time for the removal.


I used to be a builder and would regularly handle asbestos without protection. Why are things different now?

Research has shown that quite low levels of exposure to asbestos can result in serious illness. New laws are now in place to protect construction, maintenance and other workers from exposure to asbestos fibres.

 

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Vanessa Long, Maintenance Services Officer
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