Identification

Asbestos has been identified in more than 3000 products and materials. The most common form of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) that people readily identify is fibro. In many instances people are unaware of other common materials that may contain asbestos such as the black pad underneath your sink, vinyl tiles or sealants.

It is surprising to find that asbestos is still mined and used in products manufactured in some countries that Australian customs have identified before being brought into the country. The latest being tremolite asbestos in natural stone wall tiles.
Identifying asbestos by engaging an asbestos surveyor or asbestos consultant is an important check on the property to ensure that the risk of asbestos related illness is minimised. Asbestos is a common naturally occurring mineral silicate that was used in many building products such as fibre cement sheet.  When left and maintained in a good condition, bonded asbestos does not pose a significant health risk unless the asbestos containing material is deteriorated or disturbed such that it liberates fibres into the air.

A good understanding of building codes will assist in identifying potential asbestos containing materials. A qualified asbestos consultant or surveyor should be used to confirm if the material contains asbestos and conduct a risk assessment and record the results within an asbestos register. The following is not an exhaustive list, however it will assist in identifying where asbestos products may be found:  

  • Air conditioning
  • Bituminous products
  • Ceilings
  • Compressed fibre cement sheet floors
  • Compressed sheeting
  • Concrete
  • Corrugated roof sheets
  • Electrical backing boards
  • Fibre cement sheeting
  • Fibro sheet
  • Fire doors
  • Flange gaskets to pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Heater and boiler insulation
  • Heaters
  • Insulation and sheeting to fire doors
  • Mastics
  • Membranes
  • Millboard insulation
  • Moulded cistern tanks
  • Moulded asbestos lining to telephone pits
  • Moulded cement water pipes
  • Paper
  • Pipe lagging
  • Pit linings
  • Pointing work
  • Roof membranes
  • Sealants
  • Sound dampeners
  • Spandrel panels
  • Spark arresters
  • Spray applied coatings
  • Spray applied fire rating material to ceiling and structural beams
  • Vinyl Floor tiles
  • Water pipes
  • Window putty

Contact EHS to undertake your asbestos identification needs. Our Asbestos Assessors and Occupational Hygienists are here to help you, your staff and contractors.