Finding Asbestos – where is it located in buildings

Finding Asbestos – where is it located in buildings

Finding Asbestos - a guide to where it is located

Finding Asbestos - Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000.

Asbestos can found in a many of the common materials used in the building trade.

It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade that you may come across during your day to day maintenance.

These include:

Common materials that may contain asbestos

Asbestos can found in a many of the common materials used in the building trade.

Some of these materials should only be worked on by a licensed contractor and include:

  • Loose asbestos in ceiling or floor cavity
  • Lagging
  • Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls and beams/columns
  • Asbestos insulating board
  • Floortiles, textiles and composites
  • Textured coatings
  • Asbestos cement products
  • Roofing felt
  • Rope seals and gaskets

It hides in all sorts of places Internally in an Industrial building

  • Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns
  • Asbestos cement water tank
  • Loose fill insulation
  • Lagging on boilers and pipes
  • (Asbestos Insulating board) ceiling tiles
  • Toilet seat and cistern
  • (Asbestos Insulating board) partition walls
  • (Asbestos Insulating board)panels in fire doors
  • Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • (Asbestos Insulating board) around boilers
  • Textiles eg fire blankets
  • Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings eg artex

It is found externally in

  • Asbestos cement roof
  • Asbestos cement panels
  • Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes
  • Soffits – Asbestos Insulating Borad or asbestos cement
  • Asbestos cement flue

Is is also present in

Residental buildings

Internally

  • Asbestos cement Water tank
  • Pipe lagging
  • Loose fill insulation
  • Textured decorative coating eg artex
  • AIB ceiling tiles
  • AIB bath panel
  • Toilet seat and cistern
  • AIB behind fuse box AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
  • AIB partition wall
  • AIB interior window panel
  • AIB around boiler
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • AIB behind fire

Externally

  • Gutters andAsbestos cement downpipes
  • Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
  • AIB exterior window panel
  • Asbestos cement roof
  • Asbestos cement panels
  • Roofing felt
  • Asbestos Insulating Board

AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board