What Is Asbestos & Why Is It Dangerous?

The pages below cover what Asbestos is and where it can be found

Where is it found?

Most products made today do not contain Asbestos. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned several Asbestos products, and manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to limit the use of others. Any products made that still contain asbestos are required to be clearly labeled. However, many types of building products and insulation materials made before the 1970s contain asbestos. Unless your premises was constructed after 1999, there is a chance that asbestos is present.

Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in Great Britain from the 1950s through to the mid 1980s. Some of areas in your home where you may find asbestos include:


  • Eaves, gutters and rainwater fall pipes
  • Garage and shed roofs
  • Linings for walls, ceilings and doors
  • Insulation panels in some storage heaters
  • Central heating flues
  • Packing between floors and in partition walls
  • Floor tiles & adhesive, millboard and¬†backing on vinyl sheet flooring
  • Pipe and furnace insulation materials
  • Cement shingles, siding, and roofing
  • Soundproofing
  • Fire blankets, gloves and stove-top pads
  • Automobile brake pads and linings, clutch facings, and gaskets

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