Asbestos is a strong, durable, non-inflammable fibre used for reinforcing many materials used in buildings. It is also a good insulator so it has been used extensively to protect building structures from fire and excessive heat.
Because of its many uses, materials containing asbestos can be found in all types of buildings, especially those built between 1950 and 1980.
Serious health risks can arise from breathing in air containing asbestos fibres.
The Council's policy complies fully with safety legislation and best practice. The main parts of the policy are:
The repairs handbook gives full details of how you can report suspected asbestos to us. You can find this under the section called "Reporting a Repair".
You are reminded that as per your tenancy agreement, you need to obtain permission from the Housing Department before making alterations or improvements to your home. Further details can be found in the tenancy handbook.
You should contact us before undertaking DIY work which would disturb the fabric of the building. Standard decorative work, such as scraping wallpaper or painting is perfectly safe. You must however call us in advance of carrying out any work if you plan to:
If you are in any doubt then please call for advice and information between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday on 01259 225167.
What can you do to help?
To keep you and your family safe, the housing department may need access to your home to carry out maintenance checks from time to time. This could include tests, or occasional asbestos surveys.
Your cooperation in allowing access to your home would be very much appreciated.
Housing Investment Team
Kelliebank, ALLOA, FK10 1NU
Tel: 01259 452000