Housing Associations

A large percentage of the property owned or managed by housing associations was constructed or renovated during a time that asbestos was commonly used.

In the majority of cases any asbestos containing materials present will be in good order and present a very low risk to people living or working close by. However, it can become problematic if disturbed which usually happens when a renovation or demolition project is started. Under these circumstances the legislation is clear as to the responsibilities of the site management.

Legislation

The Health and Safety Executive provide guidelines explaining the responsibilities of those with the “duty to manage” requirement under the Control of Asbestos regulations and the Health and Safety at Work legislation.

The Health and Safety Regulations require employers to assess the health and safety risk to their employees as well as to 3rd parties, including tenants, who may be affected by activities connected with their business. Hence although the Control of Asbestos Regulations do not include domestic properties, the controlling authority does have a duty of care to anyone in, or close to a property that’s being renovated.

Which Properties Might Contain Asbestos?

Because asbestos wasn’t banned in the UK until 1999 the HSE advised that materials in any pre-2000 buildings cannot be considered to be asbestos free unless there is strong evidence indicating as such. Hence building managers must assume that asbestos is present in areas to be refurbished unless they have appropriate information to indicate that it is not.

Under these circumstances it is advisable to call in a contractor capable of providing expert advice.

How NIC Can Help Your Housing Association?

NIC have extensive experience working with housing associations to ensure that their properties remain safe for residents, employees and contractors.

We can arrange for a refurbishment/demolition survey to be carried out to locate ACM’s and construct a management plan detailing the steps which need to be taken before refurbishment or demolition can commence. This is a specific requirement laid down by the HSE and their guidelines.

We can then safely remove and dispose of any problematic ACM’s leaving the building clean and tidy ready for the refurbishment project to commence. Because of our size and experience we are able to take on all stages of the project giving the management company complete peace of mind that the project is being handled correctly and in full compliance with legislation.

 Why Use NIC?

NIC have direct experience working on a range of asbestos removal and remediation projects with some of the countries largest housing associations. This includes a four year framework project with City West Housing to assist in the renovation of projects such as that at Ladywell Green near Manchester.

NIC also work with Stockport Homes, Salix Homes and Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust.

If your Housing Association as a problem with asbestos then call us for help and guidance.

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Stalybridge,
Cheshire,
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