Carlisle Housing Association Admits Asbestos Failings

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A housing association in Carlisle has admitted serious failings with regards to asbestos. Riverside Housing has advised they have no idea how many of their properties contain asbestos. Best estimates are around 3,000 which is half of it 6,000 property portfolio.

Asbestos was extensively used within the construction industry throughout the UK from the 1930s through to the mid-1980s. It wasn’t until 1999 that it was finally banned. As such most house built or repaired in this period may contain some asbestos.

As such Riverside Housing predict approximately 50 per cent of their stock has some asbestos.

The majority of Riverside’s homes are those it inherited through stock transfer from Carlisle city council. Riverside have stressed that although half of it’s housing stock is suspected to contain asbestos, they believe the materials do not pose a significant risk. They advise “If asbestos material is undisturbed and undamaged it is safe and should be left alone.”

Riverside has an asbestos register, which records areas where the company has discovered asbestos in properties while it has been undertaking works.

Acorn Analytical Services have extensive experience working with housing associations and local authorities. We currently work with a number of housing associations providing services such as:

If you would like help with any of the above services call us on 01604 648928 for a free consultation.

Neil Munro

I work in a dual role at Acorn Analytical Services focused primarily on growing and leading the business from our Northampton office base. My focus is on overseeing all sales, marketing and financial activities from Northampton. I assist clients with high-level asbestos management strategies and training. Together with Ian Stone I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I'm Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

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