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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

Where asbestos hides in domestic propertyasbestos in industrial property


  1. Asbestos cement Water tank                                          1. Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns
  2. Pipe lagging                                                                    2. Asbestos cement water tank
  3. Loose fill insulation                                                          3. Loose fill insulation
  4. Textured decorative coating eg artex                              4. Lagging on boilers and pipes
  5. AIB ceiling tiles                                                                5. AIB ceiling tiles
  6. AIB bath panel                                                                 6. Toilet seat and cistern
  7. Toilet seat and cistern                                                     7. AIB partition walls
  8. AIB behind fuse box                                                        8. AIB panels in fire doors
  9. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation               9. Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper
  10. Coating boiler                                                                 10. Vinyl floor tiles
  11. AIB partition wall                                                            11. AIB around boilers
  12. AIB interior window panel                                              12. Textiles e.g. fire blankets
  13. AIB around boiler                                                           13. Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings e.g. 
  14. Vinyl floor tiles                                                                     artex
  15. AIB behind fire


  1. Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes                    14. Asbestos cement roof
  2. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement                                 15. Asbestos cement panels
  3. AIB exterior window panel                                           16. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes
  4. Asbestos cement roof                                                  17. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
  5. Asbestos cement panels                                             18. Asbestos cement flue
  6. Roofing felt

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board‚Äč

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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