About Asbestos

A brief introduction into asbestos, where it can be found and how to deal with it.

Fact Checked by William Wright, DipNEBOSH on the 5th December 2023.

William is a qualified health & safety consultant who holds NEBOSH & IOSH certifications.

Fact Checked by William Wright, DipNEBOSH on the 5th December 2023.

William is a qualified health & safety consultant who holds NEBOSH & IOSH certifications.

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Where Can It Be Found?

Asbestos can be found in any building that was constructed during the 20th century. It has been used in walls, ceilings and flooring as insulation material. Although it can also be found covering piping and other forms of industrial machinery within homes and commercial buildings.Asbestos was also blended into concrete and cement, so it can appear on roofs, drainpipes and other external building fittings. The key to locating asbestos is to use a testing kit on materials suspected of containing it. Alternatively hiring an asbestos surveyor to conduct a full survey of the property (How much does a survey cost?). Want to learn more about where asbestos can be found? Here some other pages which may interest you:

What does asbestos look like? 
Where can asbestos be found around the home?

Artex/ Textured Coatings

Commonly found in ceilings and walls
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Cement Sheets

Commonly found as garage roofing and walls
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Floor Tiles

Commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms & hallways.
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Insulation Board/AIB

Commonly found in ceilings and walls
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Thermal Insulation

Commonly found around pipework
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Loose Fill

Commonly found in lofts/attics
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Fire Doors

Commonly found in commercial premises.
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Sprayed Coating

Commonly found around pipe and steelwork.
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Wallpaper

Commonly found in vinyl wallpaper.
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Waste Pipes

Commonly found as cement piping.
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Flue Pipes

Commonly found attached to boilers & heating systems.
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Soffits

Commonly found above windows and near guttering.
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Here are some more products which sometimes contained asbestos: Rope, Bitumen, Adhesives, Mastics & Sealants, Gaskets & Rope Seals, Paper, Lino Flooring, Roofing Felt, Paint.

Fact Checked by William Wright, DipNEBOSH on the 5th December 2023.

William is a qualified health & safety consultant who holds NEBOSH & IOSH certifications.