Landlords and agents have a duty to be aware of any material that contains asbestos in the communal areas of a block of flats. A survey can identify what type of asbestos a building has.
Whilst there is no duty to remove asbestos if it is found, (because in many cases it’s far more dangerous to do so), all contractors working in the block must be notified if it is present.
The boarding to the structural steel work appeared fibrous which was thought to be a sign that it was made from an asbestos containing material. Our own survey determined that we had white Chrysotile which is classed as a carcinogen and whilst dangerous, it is not as dangerous as the other forms of asbestos. The asbestos-containing boarding was declared safe if undisturbed so as a result we hadn’t planned to have it removed, rather decided to establish a register for its for it’s management and control. Unfortunately some idiot trying to lower a sofa over the first floor balcony dislodged one of the panels, posing an immediate health and safety risk to the flat beneath so we had all panels removed from the front and rear of the building.
After its removal we had the following work done:
- All the old rendering or pointing surrounding the beams hacked out;
- The exposed steel beams prepared for redecoration with two coats of hammerite;
- Sections of wood between metal joists and ceiling sections installed and painted in matching colour to the ceiling.