Asbestos has been identified in more than 3000 products and materials, the most common of which is fibro. However, there are many other common materials that people are simply not aware may contain asbestos, such as the black pad underneath the sink, vinyl tiles or sealants, or in some natural stone wall tiles.

In an effort to ensure asbestos management is being carried out everywhere to reduce the risk of potential health effects, Asbestos Check now provide asbestos identification services.

Asbestos identification is conducted by viewing fibres within the material under a microscope, which leads to the potential identification of Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos) or Crocidolite (blue asbestos). An asbestos inspection will also identify whether the material is bonded or friable.

Friable asbestos is a material containing asbestos that can be crushed or pulverized into a powder by hand. The fibres within friable material can be liberated much easier, and as such are a higher potential for fibre release and subsequent inhalation.

The following is a list of products that have been identified during asbestos inspections:

  • air conditioning
  • bitumous products
  • concrete
  • compressed sheeting
  • corrugated asbestos
  • ceiling tiles
  • electrical backing boards
  • fibro sheet
  • fire doors
  • gaskets
  • heaters
  • insulation
  • mastics
  • membranes
  • millboard
  • paper
  • pit linings
  • pipe lagging
  • pointing work
  • sealant
  • sound dampeners
  • spandrel panels
  • spray applied coatings
  • spark arresters
  • water pipes
  • window putty
  • vinyl floor tiles.