Wednesday 11 June 2003 11.29am
Thanks for the reply. That has shed some light on the situation. I have since received an email from John Everrett at Tabard Gardens
TMC stating much the same - yes they are asbestos...do not pose a risk unless tampered with...policy to 'manage' them rather than remove them.
That's all well and good but good management practice might be to let those that come into direct contact with the materials know what they are and what they should and shouldn't do to them to avoid a health risk. 'Management' is not doing NOTHING. You may have decided that it is best to manage them by 'simply not disturbing them' but unless those residents that have asbestos flower pots outside their homes know this, it counts for nothing.
If it were an employer/employee relationship you would have failed in your duty of care to protect your employees because you haven't made them aware of the hazard and would be liable for potential health problems.
The reason that I was going to sand and paint the tub is that it is a gopping pink colour, nowhere on the tub does it state that it's the property of Southwark Council
and it certainly isn't maintained by Southwark Council
(just 'managed' apparently).
May I suggest that as 'managers' of these asbestos flower pots you make all residents on Tabard Gardens
that have the pots outside their flats aware of the fact they contain asbestos and inform them that they are 'simply not to disturb them'. I would guess you may well be inundated with similar requests to the one which I am about to put forward - I personally would like y-o-u-r pot removed.
<<This has also been emailed directly to David Patington and John Everet>>
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