Asbestos Usage/Fireproofing standard

Ricky Oyamenda made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Transport for London

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Dear Transport for London,

I am most intrigued to know the last recorded use of asbestos on the TfL network.

As also related, I would also like to request what type of fireproofing (insulation and so forth) is most commonplace on your network.

Yours faithfully,

Ricky O

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Oyamenda

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0614-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 12
June 2022.

 

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FOI Case Management Team

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Transport for London

 

 

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Gadawodd Louis anodiad ()

Hi, I am certainly interested this is query. I know asbestos was phased out in the 1980s, but interested too in knowing the final date it was last used.

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Oyamenda

 

TfL Ref: FOI-0614-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 12
June 2022, asking about asbestos and fireproofing on the TfL network.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) and our information
access policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you
require.

 

In response to your question regarding fireproofing, TfL utilises a number
of different passive fire protection systems, all of which are supported
by third party certification schemes to demonstrate performance and
suitability of application. The majority of passive protection in our sub
surface stations are cementitious, calcium silicate or vermiculate based. 

 

With regard to the last recorded use of asbestos on the TfL network, it
would be extremely difficult to determine the date of the last recorded
installation as any records will be in archived due to the time that has
elapsed since asbestos was used. It would take an excessive amount of
staff time and resources to manually search through the records TfL holds
on this. Given the extent of the information you are looking for, we are
applying Regulation 12(4)(b) as we believe that this part of your request
is ‘manifestly unreasonable’ because providing the information would
impose unreasonable costs on us and require an unreasonable diversion of
resources.

 

What we do know is that in view of the age of the network and relevant
dates of construction, as with other premises of similar age, asbestos was
used for many applications throughout the TfL network, most of it being
installed during the mid-part of last century. Removal and remediation of
this material has been carried out since the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, but
despite this, asbestos is still present across the network. TfL has
processes and procedures in place to ensure that the management of
asbestos is carried out in compliance with the Control of Asbestos
Regulations 2012.

 

The use of this exception is subject to a public interest test, which
requires us to consider whether the public interest in applying the
exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. We recognise that
the release of information would promote accountability and transparency
in public services. However, the time it would take to provide the
information you have requested would divert a disproportionate amount of
our resources from its core functions and on balance we consider that the
public interest currently favours the use of the exception.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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