While there may be asbestos products in your home, they present no risk if they are maintained in good condition and are not damaged. We are committed to ensuring the safety of all our customers, staff and contractors who live and work in our homes. This page explains what you need to know about managing asbestos in your home.
What is asbestos?
Do I have asbestos in my home?
Why is it harmful?
It is important to note that asbestos products are only a risk to health if they are damaged or disturbed, as this may release fibres into the air. Most asbestos products do not pose a risk to health, provided they remain in good condition and are undisturbed.
Where might I find asbestos?
- thermal insulation lagging around pipes and boilers
- linings for walls, ceilings and doors
- some types of roofing tiles, felt or ceiling tiles
- some types of flooring materials
- decorative textured coatings (Artex) generally applied prior to 1984
- bath panels
- boarding and gaskets within electrical mains fuse
- cupboards and certain gas fires
- cement products, compressed flat or corrugated sheets,
- typically used as roofing and wall cladding on garages and sheds
- other cement products including gutters, rainwater pipes, water tanks and flues.
What precautions should I take?
If you are concerned about any material in your home, you should always treat it as if it does contain asbestos until you hear otherwise from a Yorkshire Housing representative or an asbestos specialist.
We would not normally remove undamaged asbestos products. The safest way of dealing with undamaged asbestos both for you and for our workmen may be to seal it. Never handle any suspect material or try to dispose of it yourself. Licensed and experienced contractors should remove and dispose of it at an approved tip.
If in doubt, or if you want to arrange for the removal of any asbestos containing materials yourself, please seek advice from your neighbourhood officer or call 0345 366 4404.
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What is Yorkshire Housing's commitment to managing asbestos?
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