Asbestos is a naturally occurring material which was used in a wide range of building products during the last century. Although asbestos is no longer used, buildings constructed before 2000 may contain some asbestos in one form or another.
Asbestos was often used in:
- Corrugated cement roofing sheets
- Gutters and downpipes
- Soffit boards
- Some cold water storage tanks
- Pipework boxing
- Textured decorative coatings to walls and ceilings (e.g. Artex)
- Roofing felts • Insulation boards behind boilers, under stairs or on fire doors.
- Floor tiles
Should I be concerned?
Asbestos materials in good condition are safe, provided they are not damaged or disturbed. Asbestos is only a risk to health if asbestos fibres are released into the air and breathed in. Today, the main risk is to builders and other workers who may accidentally disturb asbestos materials, however regulations have been in place for some time to minimise their risk of exposure. The Health and Safety Executive advises that there is no need to remove asbestos which is in good condition.
What is Saxon Weald doing about asbestos?
We have developed an asbestos management plan to enable us to identify and manage asbestos risks. This includes maintaining a register showing the locations and types of asbestos-containing materials. We also ensure that all surveying and trades staff have received training to identify asbestos and only employ contractors with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment to work safely with asbestos materials. We will ensure that any asbestos materials in poor condition are removed or made safe by competent people.
Please contact us for advice before carrying out any DIY work which might disturb asbestos. Do not cut, sand down, drill, break or otherwise disturb any material which you suspect may contain asbestos, nor should you allow anyone else to do so.
Please contact us if you think you have accidentally disturbed asbestos.