Asbestos

Tai Tarian and Asbestos

Our Asbestos Compliance Team ensures that all of our properties, and associated buildings are managed in accordance with all statutory regulations, and procedures in relation to asbestos. As part of this process Tai Tarian has undertaken over 9,000 asbestos surveys in its houses and any other relevant buildings. The information from these surveys will help us safely manage any asbestos containing materials within our properties.

Even if there is asbestos in your home, it is not a problem if it is managed correctly. Asbestos is not dangerous when in good condition. Asbestos only becomes dangerous when it gets damaged and/or is disturbed during work on your home. When damaged or disturbed, asbestos materials can releases fibres that could cause long term damage to your health.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural mineral (a fibrous silicate) found in rocks all over the world. It has been used commercially for about 150 years because it is strong, flexible, is resistant to decay and has insulating qualities. The three types of asbestos used in the UK are: crocidolite (blue asbestos), amosite (brown asbestos) and chrysotile (white asbestos).

When is asbestos a problem?

When asbestos-containing materials are damaged, disturbed or deteriorate with age, they can release tiny fibres into the air. If breathed in, these fibres can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause damage.

What are the health risks?

There are asbestos-containing materials in many buildings in the UK, including the housing sector. Because asbestos has been so widely used, there is a low level of asbestos fibres in the air everywhere. Yet the risk to the public from asbestos in the home is low. The greatest risk arises when asbestos is damaged or drilled, sawn, scrubbed or sanded and unauthorised DIY work can result in brief but elevated levels of exposure. Asbestos fibres breathed into the lungs can cause Mesothelioma, Asbestos related cancers, Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening (thickening of the lining of the lung).

Where asbestos may be found?

Building materials containing asbestos were widely used from 1930 to the mid-1980 and products containing chrysotile asbestos were used until 1999. Therefore, houses and flats built or refurbished prior to 2000 may contain asbestos. However, identical properties may not contain the same materials. Different contractors may have used different materials at different times. Here are some of the places asbestos might be found in the home:

A residential property that highlights where asbestos may be found

Inside Outside

A) Water tank

B) Pipe lagging

C) Loose fill insulation

D) Textured decorative coating e.g artex

E) Ceiling tiles

F) Bath panel

G) Toilet seat and cistern

H) Behind fuse box

I) Airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating of boiler

J) Partition wall

K) Interior window panel

L) Insulation around boiler

M) Vinyl floor tiles

N) Fireplace insulation

O) Gutters and downpipes

P) Soffits

Q) Exterior window panel

R) Roof cladding, slates, tiles

S) Wall cladding sheets

T) Roofing felt

How can I identify products or materials containing asbestos?

You cannot tell whether a product contains asbestos simply by looking at it. Often asbestos is masked by other materials or is dyed, which disguises its true colour. If in doubt, it can be analysed by a laboratory. Remember, products that contain asbestos can look identical to those that do not.

What if I think there is asbestos in my home?

If you are in doubt as to whether any material contains asbestos, or If you think your home contains damaged asbestos material, then don’t try to deal with it yourself: Ring Tai Tarian on 0300 777 3000 or email asbestos@taitarian.co.uk

What are my responsibilities if I’m a tenant?

Please remember that changes to the structure or the fabric of your property are not permitted under the tenancy agreement without prior approval in writing – see Landlords Permission.

Should you require any further information on asbestos in your home please Contact Us or email asbestos@taitarian.co.uk

For further information see:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/index.htm

Acknowledgement

This page contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence.