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This listing is divided into three main categories:

1. External Asbestos Products and

2. Internal Asbestos products commonly found around the home.

3. Workplace Asbestos Products

These three categories are further subdivided as follows. Please click on a category to view those products and images. The categories are as follows:

External Asbestos Products

Internal Asbestos Products

Workplace Asbestos products

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Common External Asbestos Products
Broken, cracked or damaged asbestos containing materials pose a risk. Safe, prompt and efficient disposal is required.
Asbestos debris was often used for packers in home construction. The image here shows debris used for packing floor joists. Asbestos debris was often used as garden edging.

This images show eaves lined with asbestos sheeting in carports and verandahs.

Eaves were constructed of bonded asbestos sheet. Signs of deterioration include discolouration, cracking or splitting.

Asbestos cement fencing is very common in many areas. Referred to as "Deep 6". In good condition the material is quite safe.

This broken sheet displays exposed fibres and needs to be made safe immediately. Plans for removal should also be considered to remove the potential for further release of asbestos fibres.

Fire Safety

This fire door was installed for fire safety protection. Notice the damage and deterioration. The cracking has exposed the asbestos insulation and increased potential exposure to asbestos fibres.

This fire blanket was manufactured from asbestos. It has become worn and is damaged, exposing the asbestos fibres as shown. Asbestos is fire resistant and an excellent insulator and retardant for fires.

Out Buildings
In this example the outbuilding was constructed using asbestos wall cladding and asbestos corrugated sheet roof. The step was thick sheet asbestos.
Pipe Work

Flu Piping contained asbestos for insulation.

The pipe work in the ground is stormwater pipe. It was used as crossovers under footpaths. Note the damaged and broken end.

Pipe Lagging

Examples of asbestos rope (below) being used for pipe lagging and the affect of damage or weathering over time.
Removal of Roof & Walls

Asbestos Corrugated Roofing - "Deep 6"

Asbestos roofing shingles.
Services - Electrical

Meter boxes were often lined with asbestos sheeting.

Electrial meter boxes often contain a resin/black backboard which contains asbestos.

Services - Gas
External services such as gas have protective covers made from asbestos. Look for cracking and signs of deterioration which can potentially release asbestos fibres. This one shown is cracked and damaged and in need of repair or removal and safe disposal.
Services - Telecommunications
Pits like the one shown were constructed using asbestos. Whilst some have been upgraded with plastic lids and access points, there is still potential for exposure to asbestos fibres when accessing these pits.
Telecommunications service pits also had a square shape. Note the broken corner with potential for exposed fibres.
External walls were clad or lined with asbestos sheeting.

This addition/extension has walls made from asbestos fibro cement panels.

Verandahs were often enclosed as a Lean-To.



Window & Doorway Panels
The panels above and below external doors and windows were often asbestos sheeting as presented in this example.
Common Internal Asbestos Products  
These internal ceilings are asbestos sheet lining.
Debris - Ceiling Space
These are examples of debris left in ceiling spaces. The ceilings contained asbetsos bulk heads which were broken to install ducted airconditioning.
Floor Coverings & Backing
These floor tiles are very worn and may have been laid with glue containing asbestos.
Vinyl was a popular floor covering. Note the fawn underlay material exposed in the doorway. This was often insulation or backing made from asbestos. Asbestos fibres may be released from this material when it is walked on.
Household Appliances & Fittings

Asbestos was often used to insulate the wiring in light fittings.

This ironing board had an asbestos panel to stand the hot iron. Over time it may be worn and release fibres.

The humble pie warmer included heat shielded cabling. This is the light covered cable linking the power switch to the thermostat control.



Services - Electrical

This electrical cable (right) is covered in an insulated asbestos sheath. The threads and fibres can be seen. This example is frayed and damaged.

The fuses were often istalled with asbestos sheath heat shieldswires to minimise the heat effect associated with electricity. Over time the asbestos breaks down and the fibres gather at the base of the fuse box or cabinet.

Fuses and swtches were fastened to asbestos backing boards. The backing boards were drilled or cut to connect the house wiring. This activity created dust allowing the release of fibres.

Services - Gas
Asbestos rope was often used in gas heaters as a heat seal. In this example the red arrow indicates where you can locate the asbestos seal.

Asbestos sheeting was used for internal wall cladding. In this example asbestos was also detected in the cornice and right angled corner joint material. You can see where it has parted from the wall cladding.

Wet Areas - Bathroom/Ensuite

In these examples asbestos was detected in the splash back panels around the vanity and ensuite.

Wet Areas - Kitchen
Asbestos sheeting was also used in construction of splash back panels around kitchen sinks and drain boards.
Wet Areas - Laundry
The other common area for asbestos was in splash back panels in laundry areas.
Asbestso in the Workplace
Break Drums
Cooling Towers
Fire Surrounds
Floor Penetrations

Pipe Work
Roof - Bituminous Membrane
Sealant - Mastik
Sprayed Asbestos