Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s. It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep out cold), has strong fire protection properties and protects against corrosion.
Because asbestos is often mixed with another material, the need to know whether asbestos containing materials are present has become paramount . However, if the building was built or has been subjected to refurbishment programmes before the year 2000, it’s likely that some parts of the building will contain asbestos.
Asbestos is found in many products used in buildings, including ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers and sprayed coatings.
Asbestos Containing Materials
- Sprayed asbestos coatings
- Asbestos Containing Materials
- Thermal insulation
- Asbestos insulation board
- Asbestos papers, felts and cardboard
- Asbestos Textiles
- Asbestos gaskets, washers and strings
- Asbestos cement sheets and tiles used for roofing and cladding
- Moulded asbestos cement products
- Textured coatings, paints and plasters used for decorative effect
- Bitumen products
- Flooring products
- Asbestos reinforced plastic / resin composites and friction products
- Wall jointing tapes and fillers
Asbestos related disease is responsible for more than 4,000 deaths per year and the number is increasing. Asbestos containing materials that are in good condition and left un-disturbed cannot cause ill-health. This said, asbestos diseases can take between 12-60 years to develop, and, there is no known cure.