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					A sbestos
        management and information
             for tenanted properties




Customer Service
Information Leaflet
Some of our properties may contain
asbestos. This leaflet will tell you where
you might find asbestos in your home
and how to deal with it.

Thurrock Council is committed to
reducing any risk to the health of its
employees, tenants, contractors and
the public from asbestos in its
properties.

We maintain an Asbestos Register for
our properties and have specialist staff
and Asbestos Removal Contractors to
deal with any incidents. When asbestos
is identified it is added to our register
along with any information regarding
remedial works taken to either remove
or to seal off any damaged asbestos
found.
Where asbestos might be found
Asbestos is a natural mineral found in rocks all over the world. 
The following list explains the most common asbestos­containing
products that might be found in your home.


  Internal                           External
  > Bath panels                      > Rainwater pipes and
  > Ceiling tiles                      guttering

  > Cold water tanks                 > Roof cladding

  > Electric storage heating         > Roofing felt
    bricks                           > Roofing sheets
  >	 Fire blankets                     (corrugated and flat)

  >	 Fire surrounds                  > Roofing slates

  >	 Floor tiles                     > Roof tiles

  >	 Flue pipes                      > Soffit boards (found
                                       underneath the roof
  >	 Lagging (for pipes and            overhang between the
     boilers)                          brickwork and the roof)
  > Insulation (for warm             >	 Wall cladding sheets
    air or central heating
    systems)
  >	 Artex wall and ceiling
     finishes
  >	 Wallboards such as
     internal partitions
  >	 Airing cupboard
     linings




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                                          CAUTION
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             ION      CAUTION
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     When is asbestos a
     problem?                          Things to remember
                                       about asbestos:
     Even if there is asbestos in
     your home, it is not usually a    > Asbestos does not usually
     problem. Asbestos only              pose a risk unless it is
     becomes a problem if it is          damaged or disturbed
     disturbed, damaged or             > It is often best to leave
     deteriorates with age. If this      asbestos­containing
     happens asbestos releases           products where they are
     tiny fibres into the air, which     if they are in good
     are easily inhaled.                 condition and unlikely to
                                         be disturbed
     What are the health risks?        > Try to make sure anything
     The body’s natural defences         containing asbestos
     can break some of these fibre       remains in good condition
     particles down but others can     > Do not drill, saw scrub or
     stay in the lungs for a long        sand anything you think
     time. This can lead to cancer       may contain asbestos
     and thickening of the lungs.      > Asbestos is no longer
     The most common diseases            used in construction or
     caused by inhaling asbestos         goods such as toasters
     particles are asbestosis and        or hairdryers in this
     mesothelimioma.                     country. However,
                                         imported goods may 
     Home improvements                   still contain asbestos
     If you are planning home          > There is no evidence to
     improvements (you will need         suggest that the use of
     permission for anything other       asbestos cement in cold
     than decorating) and think you      water tanks poses any
     may have asbestos in your           risk of contaminating the
     home, please always talk to us      water supply
     first. We can check our

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records and tell you if any
asbestos is present or arrange
                                       DIY rules
for our specialist contractors to      o Do not drill, saw,
carry out an asbestos survey.            scrub or sand anything
                                         you think may contain
Disposal                                 asbestos
As your Landlord, it is our            o Keep activities to a
responsibility to contain or             minimum in any areas
remove all damaged building              where material may
materials which may contain              contain asbestos
asbestos from your home. Do                                   or
not try to remove or disturb           o Do not dust, sweep 
items which you think may                 vacuum debris that may
contain asbestos yourself.                contain asbestos
                                                                 to
Please contact our Repairs              o Take every precaution
team on 01375 413636.                     avoid damaging   asbestos
                                          material or asbestos
Identifying asbestos                      containing products
                                                               ctive
You cannot tell whether a                o Always wear a prote
product contains asbestos just             face mask if you are
by looking at it. Since 1976               doing any DIY work
British manufacturers have                                        re
labelled all products containing         o Soak wallpaper befo
asbestos. However, these                   removing it. If possible
                                                                     nd
                                           use a steam stripper a
labels are often removed or
                                           gently peel away the
painted over after purchase or                                         ng
                                            paper before re­decorati
concealed when the products
                                                                    ld
are put into position. Products          o Don’t try to remove o
that contain asbestos can look              floor tiles or linoleum.
identical to those that don’t. If in        Leave them in place and
doubt, please call the Thurrock             lay new floor covering
Council Housing Repairs team                 over them
on 01375 413636.

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Frequently asked questions

      If there is asbestos-             I think I may have
Q     containing materials in
                                    Q   disturbed or damaged
      my home, why not                  some asbestos-containing
      remove it straight away?          materials in my home –
                                        what should I do?
      Disturbing asbestos­
A     containing materials that         Contact our repairs section
      are in good condition may
                                    A   on 01375 413636 and we
      produce dust and could            will arrange to have the
      increase health risks.            material inspected and
      When we survey homes to           assessed. We will then
      find out whether there are        decide what action is
      asbestos­containing               required to make it safe.
      materials, we also check
      the condition. 
                                        I’ve been told that Artex
                                    Q   contains asbestos. What is
      Materials in good condition
                                        it and is it safe?
      do not cause health
      problems. If materials are        Artex is a textured coating
      in poor condition, we will    A   that has been widely used
      consider removing them or         in council properties on
      sealing them. However,            interior walls and ceilings.
      when we need to do                Older types of Artex
      building work on your             coatings sometimes
      home, disturbing asbestos         contain a small amount of
      may be unavoidable. If so,        asbestos. Artex is safe as
      we would look at how we           long as it is left alone – it is
      could safely remove the           very hard and is unlikely to
      material.                         produce dust.



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    Is it OK for tenants to
Q   sand or scrape off old
    Artex surfaces?
    No, because this could
A   cause large amounts of
    harmful dust. Contact us
    and we will arrange to
    have a look at the
    material with you and give
    you advice.


    Can I redecorate walls
Q   and ceilings coated with
    old Artex?
    You can paint walls and
A   ceilings coated with Artex,
    but do not sand or scrape
    the Artex surface. If you
    notice any damaged
    areas, please contact us
    for advice.


    Can I hang a picture on
Q   a wall coated with old
    Artex?
    Perhaps, but this could
A   be a problem. Please
    contact us for advice.




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      I have a garage and I               Can I remove and dispose
Q     think the roof may be
                                      Q   of plastic floor tiles that
      asbestos, what do I do?             contain asbestos with
                                          another floor covering?
      If the garage is your own
A     then it will be your                Generally, this is OK as long
      responsibility to have the
                                      A   as no sanding or scraping
      material checked and                is involved. Nailing down
      removed or sealed to                floor coverings or gripper
      protect the fibres. However,        rods through the tiles will
      if the garage is a Council          not produce harmful dust.
      owned one then we will              If in doubt, please contact
      carry out a survey and              us for advice.
      pending the results will
      either remove the damaged           I have noticed some
      section(s) or seal it so that   Q   broken pieces of plastic
      fibres are not released.            floor tile that I think may
                                          contain asbestos. Is my
      If you are unsure,                  health at risk?
      please contact us on
      01375 413636 for further            No, even broken pieces of
      advice.
                                      A   tile don’t produce much
                                          dust, so there should be
                                          little health risk. But contact
                                          us and we will help you
                                          dispose of them safely.
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How we will manage asbestos in your home

>	 We will hold the details of      >	 If we need to remove
   these surveys and any               asbestos from your home we
   asbestos materials we find          will keep you informed about
   on an Asbestos Register.            the work and what you need
   If any asbestos found poses         to do to ensure the safety of
   a high risk we will remove it       your family.
   immediately.                     >	 Asbestos­containing
>	 Our approach meets the              materials will remain in social
   requirements of the                 housing for some time yet.
   Government and current              No council or housing
   legislation.                        association has the money
>	 Properties will be inspected        or staff to remove it all.
   again from time to time
   depending on the types of
   asbestos found and the level
   of risk.
>	 Remember, if the asbestos is
   in good condition and is
   unlikely to be disturbed or
   damaged, it does not pose a
   risk to your health and we
   will leave it in place. We may
   seal materials containing
   asbestos to stop any fibres
   escaping and action any
   further works required to           Lets work together to
   make the area safe.                 report asbestos and to
>	 We may re­inspect some              make our homes safer.
   material periodically to            Please contact the council
   monitor any changes and             of 01375 413636 to report
   take action if necessary.           any suspected asbestos.


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Who to contact
If you have any concerns about asbestos in your home, 
please contact our Repairs Line on 01375 413636.

Area Housing Offices
Chadwell Area Housing Office
For residents of Chadwell St Mary, East and West Tilbury
Address:          Linford Road, Chadwell St Mary, 
                  Grays, Essex, RM16 4JY
Telephone:        01375 413810
E­Mail:           housing@thurrock.gov.uk
Fax:              01375 413811
Open:             Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Grays Area Housing Office
For residents in Grays, South Stifford, Little Thurrock
Address:          Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, 
                  Essex, RM17 6SL
Telephone:        01375 652880
E­Mail:           housing@thurrock.gov.uk
Fax:              01375 652033
Open:             Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Ockendon Area Housing Office
For residents of South Ockendon, Aveley and Belhus
Address:          2­4 Derwent Parade, South Ockendon, 
                  Essex, RM15 5EE
Telephone:        01375 413800
E­Mail:           housing@thurrock.gov.uk
Fax:              01375 413801
Open:             Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm; 
                  Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm

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                                       Useful links
Purfleet Area Housing Office          If you want to find out
For residents of Purfleet, the        more about asbestos, 
                                                               we
Uplands Estate and West Thurrock      recommend the follow
                                                              ing
Address:        53 River Court,       websites:
                Purfleet,             www.hse.gov.uk/asbe
                                                               stos
                Essex, RM19 1ZY
Telephone:      01708 865317
E­Mail:         housing@thurrock.gov.uk
Fax:            01708 866736
Open:           Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Stanford Area Housing Office
For residents of Stanford, Corringham, Horndon, Fobbing, 
Bulphan and Orsett
Address:        Springhouse Road, Corringham, 
                Essex, SS17 7LE
Telephone:      01375 413830
E­Mail:         housing@thurrock.gov.uk
Fax:            01375 413831
Open:           Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Tilbury Area Housing Office
For residents of Tilbury
Address:        Civic Square, Tilbury, 
                Essex, RM18 8AD
Telephone:      01375 413820
E­Mail:         housing@thurrock.gov.uk
Fax:            01375 413821
Open:           Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm; 
                Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm




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       New Road, Grays

       Essex RM17 6SL

    Phone: 01375 413636

       Fax: 01375 366263

E­mail: repairs@thurrock.gov.uk





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