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Dealing with Asbestos

Basildon Council is committed to minimising asbestos related health risks.

Asbestos at Home

Asbestos is a natural mineral found in rocks which cannot be detected by the naked eye.

The following materials can sometimes contain asbestos:

InternalExternal
Bath PanelsRainwater Pipes and Guttering
Ceiling TilesRoof Cladding
Cold Water TanksRoofing Felt
Electric Storage Heating BricksRoofing Sheets (corrugated and flat)
Fire BlanketsRoofing Slates
Fire SurroundsRoof Tiles
Floor TilesSoffit Boards (found under the roof overhand between brickwork
Flue PipesWall Cladding Sheets
Lagging (for pipes and boilers) 
Insulations (for warm air central heating systems) 
Artex Wall and Ceiling Finishes 
Wallboards (such as internal partitions) 
Airing Cupboard Linings 

If you think you have an asbestos in your home please report it to our Asbestos Compliance/Asset Strategy Team (see contact details below).

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Safety at Home

If you think you may have asbestos in your home, talk to us. We can check our records and tell you if asbestos is present.

Health Risks

Do not try to remove or disturb items which you think may contain asbestos.

Asbestos only becomes a problem if it is disturbed, damaged or deteriorates with age. If this happens asbestos releases tiny fibres into the air, which are easily inhaled. The body's natural defences can break some of these particles down but others stay in the lungs for a long time. This can lead to cancer and thickening of the lungs. The most common diseases caused by inhaling asbestos particles are asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Safety Instructions:

  • Do not drill, saw, scrub or sand anything you think may contain asbestos
  • Do not dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos
  • Take every precaution to avoid damaging asbestos containing products
  • Always wear a protective face mask if you are doing DIY work
  • Soak wallpaper before removing it. Use a steam stripper if possible and gently peel away the paper
  • Don't try to remove old floor tiles or linoleum. Leave them in place and lay new floor coverings over them.

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.


Removal Procedure

As your landlord, it is our responsibility to contain or remove all materials which may contain asbestos from your home if it poses a health risk.

We will:

  • Work with specialist contractors to survey properties
  • Conduct regular checks to monitor changes
  • Immediately remove asbestos if fount to possess health risks
  • Ensure that you and your family are safe from any health risks
  • Keep you informed
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