What is Asbestos and where can it be found?

Asbestos Map

Questions

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material which was extensively used as a building material in the UK, until banned in 1999.

Asbestos is no longer used in the building or refurbishment of homes since the year 2000.

What to do if you suspect asbestos?

Midland Heart has a clear course of action for the surveying and removal of Asbestos. If you have any questions not answered within the website then please contact the customer service centre on 0345 60 20 540 and request to speak to the Asbestos team. The Asbestos team will be able to assist you fully with your queries.

  • Any suspected Asbestos containing materials which are in good condition, should simply be left in place and not disturbed.
  • Removal or interference could cause Asbestos fibres to be released, so you should avoid cutting, drilling into, sanding, nailing or scraping any suspect Asbestos.

Where you suspect to have come across suspect damaged Asbestos you should immediately leave the area concerned and contact Midland Heart. Arrangements will be made for your property to be visited where appropriate action will be taken to confirm whether the material is Asbestos or not. Remedial works may be required following inspection at your home. MH have a dedicated Asbestos team of staff working 24/7 and can deal with such situation in both working hours and out of hours.

What is wrong with asbestos?

Nothing, when it is in good condition, but when Asbestos materials age or become damaged they may release fibre into the air. The fibres, breathed in, could lead to Asbestos related diseases in later years. People who have worked with Asbestos for many years as part of their job are most likely to be affected.

Risk associated with asbestos.

Those considered most at risk of exposure to Asbestos fibres are tradesmen and maintenance workers who disturb the fabric of buildings during the course of their work. Midland Heart have a policy to ensure the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 are fully followed to ensure that tradespeople don't put themselves, tenants or others at risk by disturbing Asbestos.

When materials that contain Asbestos are disturbed or damaged, fibres can be released into the air. When these fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately and often take a long time to develop, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything.

Asbestos only becomes a risk to human health when it is released into the air and breathed in.

What do midland heart do about it?

  • We have an on-going programme to hold a basic Asbestos Survey (Management Survey) for each property owned by Midland Heart which was built before 2000.
  • Prior to undertaking any planned maintenance in your home, we will conduct an additional Asbestos refurbishment survey prior to works commencing where required.
  • We maintain a record of all Asbestos surveys and remedial works to keep an up to date record.
  • All of our repairs operatives and contractors are fully trained, informed & equipped to conduct works in your home.
  • We work closely with all contractors to ensure they are aware of all Asbestos containing materials on site in order to protect both you and them during any works.
  • All of the above is in line with current guidance issued by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Points to remember.

  • You cannot see or smell Asbestos fibres in the air.
  • Samples are required to be taken of suspect materials to identify whether the materials is Asbestos or not.
  • People who smoke and are exposed to Asbestos fibres are at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Asbestos is only a danger when fibres are made airborne and breathed in.
  • Asbestos that is in good condition and it is located somewhere where it can’t be easily damaged shouldn’t be a risk to you.