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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 Page 3 CAUTION CA UTION ION CAUTION AUTIO N CAUT 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 Page 4 www.thurrock.gov.uk 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. Page 5 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. Page 6 www.thurrock.gov.uk 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. Page 7 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. Page 8 www.thurrock.gov.uk 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. Page 9 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 01375 413801 Open: Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm; Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm Page 10 www.thurrock.gov.uk 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com Fax: 01375 413821 Open: Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm; Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm Page 11 TH/054/LL Please recycle this leaflet after use Thurrock Council, Civic Offices New Road, Grays Essex RM17 6SL Phone: 01375 413636 Fax: 01375 366263 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thurrock.gov.uk
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