The Importance of Asbestos Surveys
A young Grantham mum says she should not have to face another day in her council flat after workmen found asbestos in her bathroom.
Briony Green, 23, says she is frightened that she and her two-year-old daughter, Bella, may have been breathing in asbestos fibres for the past 18 months in her New Street flat.
Two weeks ago, the Journal reported that Miss Green had complained to the council about the mould that had taken over her home. In the bathroom, where the mould was worst, paint and Artex were peeling off the ceiling.
Workmen dealt with the mould in the bathroom only to find asbestos in the ceiling.
Miss Green told the Journal: “It’s really frightening to think I have had asbestos all that time in my flat. This is a life-threatening thing. The ceiling is all flakey and it’s full of asbestos.
“We should not have to live like this. Why were we not told that there was asbestos in the flat? My daughter was in hospital last week with breathing problems. She has asthma.”
This case illustrates why it is important organisations hold information regarding the location of asbestos within properties they control.
The tenant may have been historically exposed to asbestos due to the condition of the ceiling coating in the bathroom. The contractors removing the mould will also have been exposed to some levels of asbestos exposure before they were alerted to the presence of asbestos. At the same time, if the tenant was at home they may have been further exposed to asbestos as a result of the contractors work.
All this could have been avoided by informing the tenant and having the appropriate asbestos survey in place.
Responsible social landlords will usually hold this information and supply it to any contractors who work in such properties. Regulations 5 and 6 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 provide for protecting employees from asbestos exposure at work.
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