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About Asbestos

There are many different products containing asbestos fibres, of which some are considered more dangerous than others. Learn more about the different asbestos containing products (ACMs) below, how to spot them and their degree of friability.

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Asbestos Sprayed Coating

Asbestos sprayed coating was used for insulation and fire protection.

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Asbestos Lagging

Asbestos thermal insulation (lagging) was applied to heating systems.

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Asbestos Insulation Board

Asbestos insulation board (AIB) was used widely for heat retention.

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Textured Coatings

Textured coatings (or Artex) were very common until the early 1990’s.

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Asbestos Cement

Asbestos cement was commonly used for external roofing / cladding.

Asbestos Floor Tiles

Asbestos floor tiles were used for many years as a ‘builders finish’.

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Other Asbestos Materials

Learn more about other places asbestos was used over the years.

Types of Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos is predominately found commercially in three different forms, Crocidolite, Amosite and Chrysotile. Other types (Tremolite, Anthophyllite and Actinolite) are also found, but are more rare and usually only found as contaminants in other asbestos containing materials.

Chrysotile Asbestos Fibres


Commonly known as ‘white’ asbestos.



Commonly known as ‘brown’ asbestos.

Crocidolite Fibres


Commonly known as ‘blue’ asbestos.