What Is Asbestos

What Is Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that is mined from the ground. The word asbestos is derived from a Greek adjective meaning inextinguishable. The “miracle mineral” as it was referred to by the Greeks, was admired for its soft and pliant properties as well as its ability to withstand heat. Asbestos does not conduct electricity, can withstand temperatures above 2000 Degreed Fahrenheit and is also impervious to most known chemicals. Asbestos is used in building materials as insulation, fire proofing, binders and fillers. Asbestos can still be found in building materials sold today.

Amosite Asbestos

Anthophyllite Asbestos

Chrysotile Asbestos

Crocidolite Asbestos

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Sample List of Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials

Note: The following list does not include every product/material that may contain asbestos. It is intended as a general guide to show which types of materials may contain asbestos.

Popcorn Ceiling Elevator Brake Shoes
Cement Wallboard Glossary Link HVAC Duct Insulation
Cement Siding Boiler Insulation
Asphalt Floor Tile Breaching Insulation
Vinyl Floor Tile Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
Vinyl Sheet Flooring Cooling Towers
Flooring Backing Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
Construction Mastics (floor tile, carpet, ceiling tile, etc.) Heating and Electrical Ducts
Acoustical Plaster Electrical Panel Partitions
Decorative Plaster Electrical Cloth
Textured Paints/Coatings Electric Wiring Insulation
Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels Chalkboards
Spray-Applied Insulation Roofing Shingles
Blown-in Insulation Roofing Felt
Fireproofing Materials 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 Adhesives
Laboratory Gloves Wallboard
Fire Blankets Joint Compounds
Fire Curtains Vinyl Wall Coverings
Elevator Equipment Panels Spackling Compounds

These are some materials that contain asbestos, Asbestos in floor tiles, Boiler pipe insulation, and Popcorn ceiling texture:


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