Asbestos Materials All Over

Think asbestos is a problem of the past, but not today? Unfortunately, although asbestos materials have been banned for some uses for many years, it is still in use for some things and can be found in many older buildings, both residential and commercial.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s chart of asbestos materials is much longer than even we thought. We work with people to safely clean up and remove asbestos products every day, but it’s been a while since we thought about just how many there are!

Potentially Lethal Asbestos Materials:

  • Cement Pipes
  • Elevator Brake Shoes
  • Cement Wallboard
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Cement Siding
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Asphalt Floor Tile
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Vinyl Floor Tile Ductwork
  • Flexible Fabric Connections
  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring
  • Cooling Towers
  • Flooring Backing
  • Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
  • Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.) Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
  • Decorative Plaster
  • Electrical Cloth
  • Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
  • Chalkboards
  • Spray-Applied Insulation
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Blown-in Insulation
  • Roofing Felt
  • Fireproofing Materials
  • Base Flashing
  • Taping Compounds (thermal)
  • Thermal Paper Products
  • Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations)
  • Fire Doors
  • High Temperature Gaskets
  • Caulking/Putties
  • Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops
  • Adhesives
  • Laboratory Gloves
  • Wallboard
  • Fire Blankets
  • Joint Compounds
  • Fire Curtains
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Elevator Equipment Panels
  • Spackling Compounds

Great thanks to the EPA for the list, but even that list is only a selection of asbestos materials.

After a natural or man-made disaster or during a renovation project, you may be removing or replacing these products or materials. It is not safe for you to work with or near asbestos materials without proper training and equipment. Even one exposure can be dangerous to your health and the health of your family or community.

There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. If you think you might be dealing with something which contains asbestos, call in a professional asbestos abatement company to remove it completely and safely. Asbestos removal is NOT a DIY project!