Keeping you safe in your home: Asbestos

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of fibrous minerals found naturally in rock formations throughout many parts of the world. Even though asbestos is a known carcinogenic material, it is still used by some countries in building construction materials, however it is no longer permitted to be imported or used in any European countries.

Asbestos can be found in buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000. Asbestos in good condition is not a problem, but if it gets damaged it can release tiny fibres into the air. These fibres can cause serious lung disease if they are breathed in. For this reason, you should not drill, saw, cut, sand or scrape materials which may contain asbestos.

Asbestos can be found in places such as textured decorated artex, ceiling tiles, bath panels within your home, guttering, soffits and roof tiles outside. If you plan to do some work or think you may have asbestos in poor condition, you should let us know so that we can give you advice and arrange for any tests to be carried out.

What we are doing to keep you safe in your home:

To ensure residents’ safety, we carry out a number of asbestos surveys every year. We will write to you in advance if we need to survey your property. Please help us by letting our asbestos surveyors into your home to carry out these important inspections.

Remember, asbestos containing materials that are in good condition will not cause you any harm, and should not be disturbed.

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For more information on this subject or on any other matter relating to Gwalia Housing, please contact us via telephone on 0800 012 1080. Alternatively you can use our online form or send us an email. You can also connect with us via facebook or twitter.

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