Asbestos was a common building material between the 1960s and 1980s, before being banned in the UK in 1999.
Asbestos is not harmful unless it is disturbed, the building materials are still found in many homes today. Therefore, landlords could be prosecuted if tenants, workmen or visitors are exposed to the asbestos fibres.
If you are a landlord, we have a few tips for you:
- Carry out an asbestos risk assessment before any work is carried out in your properties and ensure you inform your tenants and any contractors of the possible risk of asbestos in your property.
- Use a competent contractor, who is licensed and understand the risks and how to deal with asbestos.
- If you have a common area of your property such as in purpose-built flats, houses converted into flats or HMOs you are required to carry out an annual asbestos risk assessment and ensure any asbestos is monitored regularly if not removed.
- Contact an asbestos specialist to carry out any work to remove or maintain the asbestos in your property.
- Ensure the company removing the asbestos is HSE registered.
A suitable risk assessment should contain the full details of the work of which needs to be undertaken and how long the work is expected to take. The assessment, as stated by HSE should include the following sections:
- Details of the type and quantity of the asbestos
- Details of the expected level of exposure
- Details of the controls to be used to reduce exposure e.g. use of local exhaust ventilation, controlled wetting, adequate PPE / RPE use of enclosures
- Decontamination procedures for tools, equipment and PPE
- Details on how asbestos waste will be managed
- Emergency procedures
We offer a range of asbestos courses to ensure the danger of exposure to asbestos is kept to a minimum.