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

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

  • 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


  • 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

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