Where Can You Find Asbestos? All Over!
We came across the Environmental Protection Agency's chart of asbestos-containing materials this week and will be Tweeting the list over the next couple of days, but it's the size of the list that is surprising. 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!
Elevator Brake Shoes
HVAC Duct Insulation
Asphalt Floor Tile
Vinyl Floor Tile Ductwork
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
Taping Compounds (thermal)
Thermal Paper Products
Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations)
High Temperature Gaskets
Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops
Vinyl Wall Coverings
Elevator Equipment Panels
Great thanks to the EPA for that list, but those are only a "Sample List."
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 containing materials without proper training and equipment. Even one exposure can be dangerous to your health. If you think you might be dealing with something which contains asbestos, call in a professional asbestos abatement technician to remove it completely and safely before trying it yourself. You are running a terrible risk of exposing yourself to this dangerous and cancer-causing mineral.