Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that can be found in buildings built before the year 2000. It was used for its desirable properties such as it is strong, fire resistant, heat resistant, cheap and easy to use. It has since been banned from use in the UK.
Legislation dictates that organisations must identify and manage Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) within the communal areas of its buildings. Current legislation does not extend to domestic properties.
The Trust completes Asbestos surveys annually in all buildings which the legislation covers.
Common Places Asbestos can be Found in the Home
- Decorative Textured Coatings
- Roof Tiles
- Roof Felt
- Gutters and Rainwater Pipes
- Floor Tiles and Ceiling Tiles
- Flue Pipes
- Certain Types of Insulation
- Walls and Ceilings
Asbestos containing materials are commonly found in buildings across the country. Asbestos is usually not dangerous so long as it is undamaged and not disturbed. You should never complete intrusive DIY works without understanding the make up of your home.
You should always:
Check with The Trust before completing any intrusive DIY works within your home. Firstly to check it is safe to do so and secondly as you may require permission to do so.
Ask questions if you are unsure about a material within your home that appears to be damaged.
Never work with known asbestos containing materials unless you are trained to do so. The Trusts trade staff and contractors are competent to do so.