Tel 0300 131 7300
Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA)
102 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DR
0300 131 7300
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of small fibres. From the 1950s to mid 1980s, it was widely used in the construction of homes. Although asbestos is no longer used in building materials, it may be present in many kinds of older building materials found in your home, including:
There's more information on where you can find asbestos in the home on the HSE website. Use the ‘residential property’ option for a visual aid.
Housing associations have a duty of care towards their tenants and others when there is asbestos in properties.
When asbestos is in good condition and not damaged it is not a danger. Once disturbed and its dust gets into the air is there a possible health risk. Do not tamper with or touch any asbestos material.
You should ask us for approval if you are planning major work in your home. If you think asbestos is present we can offer advice. However, if alterations are of your undertaking, then any costs of removing asbestos if it is found will be yours.
You should be cautious when carrying out any DIY work. The use of power tools could increase the number of fibres released into your home. You should email email@example.com before starting any work, so that we can provide you with asbestos information.
Some textured ceiling coatings, Artex for example, are known to contain a small quantity of asbestos. Do not attempt to remove them, especially with power tools. Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we provide advice.
You cannot tell a material contains asbestos with the naked eye which is why samples of materials are examined under a microscope at a laboratory. If you are ever unsure whether a material contains asbestos, email email@example.com and we can advise you.
We have a duty to manage asbestos in the communal areas of our buildings. We also carry out surveys in individual dwellings when a property becomes empty or before our contractors do some types of works in your property.
We have several options if we find asbestos and will pick the best one for your safety and to ensure any works in your property can be completed:
You can find more information about asbestos on the HSE website.