There are asbestos containing materials in many buildings and homes in the UK and there will be asbestos in a number of properties owned by Hafod Housing Association.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in a range of building materials to make them more rigid. However due to the health risks associated with asbestos, there are now laws regulating its use in the UK and it is no longer used in the building of homes.
Asbestos containing materials that are in good condition (undamaged or sealed) are not likely to carry any risk.
Where will you find asbestos?
• Eaves, gutters, roof coverings
• Gutters and down pipes
• Floor tiles and floor adhesive
• Textured Coatings (Artex)
• Gaskets and seals around domestic boilers
What are we doing about it?
We have carried out extensive surveys of our properties and communal areas and have knowledge of where asbestos can be found. This information is contained within our asbestos register. We don't remove asbestos materials as a matter of course as it poses no risk if left in good condition. If you are unsure if your property has been tested for Asbestos contact the Maintenance Team on 029 2067 5800 and we will check our records and arrange to inspect your property if required.
What should you do if you suspect there is asbestos present?
Don't try to remove the asbestos and do not sand, drill or saw the material. You can contact our office for advice or the Health and Safety executive on 0845 3540055 or visit their website at www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos