Dealing with asbestos
Asbestos is a strong fibrous mineral, which can resist heat and chemicals. It was most commonly used in building materials between the 1950's and 1980's. Products containing asbestos can look the same as those that do not.
Where could asbestos be found in my home?
Asbestos can be found in the following places:
- Textured wall and ceiling coatings (e.g. artex)
- Duct panels (access to pipe work)
- Infill panels (above, below or next to doorways/windows)
- Panels behind gas fires
- Floor tiles
- Suspended ceiling panels
- Underside of stairs
- Other items:
- Insulation/lagging to boilers/water heaters
- Boiler flue pipes
- Storage heaters
- Bath panels
- Pads to underside of sinks
- Water tank
- Garage and shed roofs.
On the outside of your home it can be found in the following places:
- Roof sheets and tiles
- Fascia boards
- Exterior cladding
- Guttering and drain pipes.
Am I at risk?
Asbestos products are found in most homes and, if they are in a good state of repair and left undisturbed, they present no hazard to health.
DIY activities such as sanding or drilling may possibly damage products containing asbestos. Please seek advice from us before carrying out any such work on any material you suspect may contain asbestos.
It should be stressed that asbestos does not present a hazard to health provided it is in good condition, however where asbestos is damaged we will deal with it in a safe and appropriate way. Brent Council adheres to all current asbestos regulations very strictly, and your health and safety is our most important consideration.
I'm a tenant and worried about asbestos
The council is reducing the exposure of asbestos (as far as possible), for its tenants, their visitors and contractors working on the properties.
We are doing this by:
- Carrying out surveys to identify asbestos containing material in all council owned communal areas and individual vacant properties
- Compiling and maintaining a comprehensive asbestos register
- Developing and implementing arrangements to manage the risk arising from materials containing asbestos
- Providing information about the presence, location and condition of materials containing asbestos to any persons who will potentially be exposed to asbestos or to tenants on request
- Ensuring that the appropriate actions are taken by any persons who are likely to disturb materials containing asbestos including staff, contractors and consultants.
If you have any queries relating to asbestos then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8937 2400.
Please be aware that the council will only need to remove all the asbestos from a property if it is damaged, or in the way of works being carried out.
I'm a leaseholder and worried about asbestos
Leaseholders are responsible for all fixtures and fittings within your property which includes artex and floor tiles. The council remains responsible for the building structure and communal areas. Items in your home that you suspect contain asbestos are best left in place if in good condition.
If you would like to remove asbestos materials we recommend that you contact an asbestos removal contractor licensed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to carry out the removal.
If you do remove or seal asbestos as described, we ask you to inform future owners and our Leasehold Management Team so that this information can be passed on.
Remember, asbestos containing materials are safe when in good condition and undisturbed.