What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which was imported from Russia, South Africa and Canada. The rock is crushed and processed to produce long thin fibres and has been added to thousands of different types of building materials.
Why was asbestos used?
Asbestos has excellent tensile strength, is heat and fire resistant and in the past was relatively cheap to produce.
The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that over 1.5 million non-domestic buildings in the UK contain some asbestos. If domestic buildings are also taken into account then this figure is estimated at over 4 million.
Is there a risk to my health?
Asbestos-containing materials which are in good condition do not pose a risk to your health. Try to ensure that anything you think may contain asbestos remains in good condition and is sealed with paint. Damaged asbestos-containing materials can be repaired. Removal is generally a last resort.
Home improvements, repairs and DIY
- Don’t drill, sand or scrape anything you think may contain asbestos when you are carrying out any home improvements or DIY
- Always soak wallpaper before removing, if possible use a steam stripper and then gently peel away the paper before redecorating
- Don’t try to remove textured coatings from ceilings. Wash any areas of flaking paint before repainting
- Don’t try to remove old floor tiles or linoleum. Leave them in place and lay new floor coverings over them
If you suspect that asbestos-containing materials have been damaged, please contact your local Area Housing Office.
Request a repair, report communal repairs, find out the service standard you can expect
Area housing offices
Services offered by your local area housing office for Islington managed properties
If you are a new Islington council tenant, you may have an introductory tenancy. Your rights and responsibilities as a secure tenant or introductory tenant are set out in your Conditions of Tenancy