Air quality checks being carried out in Limerick estate following discovery of asbestos

Air quality checks being carried out in Limerick estate following discovery of asbestos

Air quality checks are being carried out at Vale Avenue, John Carew Park | Picture: Adrian Butler

AIR tests are being carried out in a Limerick housing estate following the discovery of asbestos material in a number of local authority houses.

The asbestos was discovered within fire resistant packing rope located in the hot press area and the attic space of the houses at Vale Avenue, John Carew Park.

In a statement, Limerick City and County Council confirmed it has decided to remove the asbestos material and that it is liaising with the HSE in relation to the issue.

“As part of the thermal upgrade programme, Limerick City and County Council is to conduct a series of air tests in Vale Avenue, Carew Park beginning this Friday,” said a spokesperson.

The first stage of the process (to remove the asbestos) is air testing, followed by a temporary sealing off of the area, removal of the asbestos material and a follow-up air test.

Asbestos was used extensively in building materials in Ireland and internationally up until the late 1990s, due to its insulating, sound absorbing, and fire retarding capabilities.

 Almost all buildings constructed before the year 2000 are likely to have some asbestos containing material.

Intact and undisturbed asbestos materials do not pose a health risk. However, asbestos can become a concern if they are damaged, deteriorate over time or are otherwise disturbed.

Letters explaining the situation, along with a HSE information leaflet, have been hand -delivered to the residents in Vale Avenue, Carew Park.

Specialist consultants and accredited contractors, who are experienced in the removal of asbestos, have been engaged to oversee and complete the necessary removal activities.

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