Products Containing Asbestos
Products containing asbestos are still a part of our everyday lives. This is because asbestos in decades past was incorporated into many types of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant.
Because of the fiber strength of asbestos, as well as its resistance to heat, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.
When products and materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, the asbestos dust and fibers become airborne and people can inhale them, thus causing significant health problems such as mesothelioma cancer, asbestosis or lung cancer from asbestos.
Products containing asbestos in the home
Some products containing asbestos include certain roofing and siding shingles that are made of asbestos cement. In addition, homes constructed from 1930-1950 may have asbestos as insulation. Asbestos may also be an ingredient in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977, according to government health officials.
Other once-popular products containing asbestos include artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos. Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds. Your home may also have walls and floors around woodburning stoves that are protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets. Asbestos is also found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
In terms of home plumbing and asbestos, hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape. Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.
Below is a list of other products that have been suspected of containing asbestos
Ceiling texture (Popcorn texture)
Ceiling tile mastic
Cement-asbestos board (Transite) products
Chimney flue lining
Cloth wire insulation
Electrical panel arc chutes
Electrical panel partitions
Fire protection products
Heating and Cooling System products
Boiler breeching insulation
Duct work insulation
Heat shields (paper and corrugated cardboard)
HVAC vibration dampeners
Pipe lagging insulation
Pipe elbow insulation
Thermal taping compounds
Elevator car brake shoes
Elevator equipment panels
Asphalt floor tiles
Floor tile mastic
Vinyl floor tiles
Vinyl sheet flooring (linoleum)
Industrial use products
Heat resistant gloves
Laboratory tables and countertops
Paints and coatings
Tar or "Black Jack"
Caulking and putties
Vinyl wall coverings
Wall penetration packing materials
Wallboard joint compound
Wallboard or sheetrock
Elevator Brake Shoes
HVAC Duct Insulation
Asphalt Floor Tile
Breaching Insulation Vinyl Floor Tile
Flexible Fabric Connections
Vinyl Sheet Flooring
Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.)
Heating and Electrical Ducts
Electrical Panel Partitions
Electric Wiring Insulation
Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
Chalkboards Spray-Applied Insulation
Roofing Shingles Blown-in Insulation
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
Wallboard Fire Blankets
Vinyl Wall Coverings
Products containing asbestos - legal resources
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