ASBESTOS has been found in a Chiswick housing association home inhabited by a disabled woman and her carer.
The discovery of the nicknamed 'silent killer' has caused extreme worry for 56-year-old Barbara Hemming of Grosvenor Road.
But Hounslow Homes has assured the resident that the material is "low grade" and will not pose any serious risk her health.
Miss Hemming discovered the asbestos when part of the carpet in her living room was ripped, exposing the layers beneath.
The householder, who has a live-in carer, said: "I called them to say the flooring was all broken and destroyed, a man came out and said he couldn't touch it as there was asbestos.
"My young niece comes and goes all the time and I have asthma and the housing agent is not showing any interest."
Miss Hemming has lived in the flat for 16 years, she told the Chronicle that Hounslow Homes has not dealt with the problem quickly or moved her elsewhere.
She said: "I have been asking for a transfer for a while anyway, it is far too overcrowded and I have a live in carer."
A spokesman from Hounslow Homes said: "Low grade asbestos is often present in floor tiles but it presents no risk to health.
"A Hounslow Homes inspection revealed minor damage to a small number of floor tiles in this property and we are arranging for their replacement."
Miss Hemming said the response from the council has done little to appease her fears: "Well I am still very worried, they are only replacing the tiles in the entrance to my living room, what about the rest of the flat?
"It is splintered and giving off dust, I know this flat is toxic, I have had a constant headache for two years."