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What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral made up of small fibres that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion.

The use of all building materials containing asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 but before then it was commonly used in the construction industry from mid-1940.

If your home was built before the year 2000 it may still contain asbestos, which is usually found in some types of insulation, flooring, roofs, guttering, ceilings and walls.

Materials containing asbestos are not harmful unless damaged. When damaged, a fine dust can be released into the air which contains asbestos fibres. When the dust is breathed in, the asbestos fibres enter the lungs and can gradually damage them over time.

Blackpool Coastal Housing employs a specialist contractor to complete Asbestos surveys and ensure the safe management and effective removal of asbestos containing materials from our buildings, as the opportunity arises. All removal work is carried out by an approved HSE licenced organisation with suitably qualified competent individuals.

BCH annually reviews an asbestos management plan to support the sampling, monitoring and recording of asbestos containing materials (ACM) identified in our non-domestic and domestic properties. This work includes the annual re-inspection of ACM to check condition and primarily focuses on low rise communal areas and blocks. 

Remember, if you want to make improvements to your home, please write to us first to request permission. Asbestos containing materials can be damaged through DIY and it is therefore extremely important that you contact us first to ensure yours and others’ safety.