Common Places to find Asbestos
Being a popular building material since the 1950s, asbestos was widely used in homes and commercial buildings up until it was finally banned in the UK in 1999. As a result, buildings built or refurbished prior to 2000 have a high chance of containing asbestos.
The Health and Safety Executive put together the following illustration highlighting where you might find asbestos in either a domestic or industrial property.
Asbestos in a Domestic Property Asbestos in an Industrial Property
- Asbestos cement Water tank 1. Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns
- Pipe lagging 2. Asbestos cement water tank
- Loose fill insulation 3. Loose fill insulation
- Textured decorative coating eg artex 4. Lagging on boilers and pipes
- AIB ceiling tiles 5. AIB ceiling tiles
- AIB bath panel 6. Toilet seat and cistern
- Toilet seat and cistern 7. AIB partition walls
- AIB behind fuse box 8. AIB panels in fire doors
- AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation 9. Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper
- Coating boiler 10. Vinyl floor tiles
- AIB partition wall 11. AIB around boilers
- AIB interior window panel 12. Textiles e.g. fire blankets
- AIB around boiler 13. Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings e.g.
- Vinyl floor tiles artex
- AIB behind fire
- Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes 14. Asbestos cement roof
- Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement 15. Asbestos cement panels
- AIB exterior window panel 16. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes
- Asbestos cement roof 17. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
- Asbestos cement panels 18. Asbestos cement flue
- Roofing felt
AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board
If you think you have found asbestos, do not put yourself and those around you at risk. Call Carymar today on 0141 842 8070.
For example, loose fill asbestos was widely used to insulate industrial and domestic premises and can be found between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces. Loose asbestos is one of the most dangerous asbestos containing material as it is made up of pure asbestos, and if disturbed can release large amounts of fibres into the air, where they can be breathed in. This type of work should only be worked on by HSE-licensed contractors.
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