Products that contain asbestos

Because of the fire and heat-resistant properties of asbestos, it was used in many building products as a fire-retardant insulator, in plumbing, electrical, and structural applications. Unfortunately, the ubiquitous nature of building products that contain asbestos means that asbestos still has a significant presence in our lives. Below is a partial list of products that contain asbestos, many of which are still in existence in older buildings:

Building exteriors

  • Stucco
  • Building overhangs (thermal spray)
  • Brick and block mortar
  • Asbestos cement siding and roof panels

Building products that contain asbestos in an unbound or loosely bound form

  • Sprayed insulation (fire-resistant, acoustic, condensation control, thermal)
  • Insulating cements
  • Insulation block (calcium or magnesia silicate)
  • Textiles


  • Sheet vinyl flooring (asbestos paper backing)
  • Vinyl asbestos tile
  • Floor leveling compound


  • Stippled finishes
  • Thermal spray
  • Plaster or drywall jointing materials


  • Steam and hot water heating supply and return lines
  • Gaskets in flanged pipe joints
  • Domestic water supply and drain lines
  • Rain water and sanitary lines


  • Acoustic and stippled finishes
  • T-bar ceiling tiles
  • Asbestos cement ceiling tiles
  • Plaster or drywall jointing materials

Service Areas

  • Crawl spaces (insulation on pipes, ducts)
  • Machine rooms (insulation on pipes, ducts, floors, ceilings, walls)
  • Insulation in boiler rooms (pipes, ducts, boilers, vessels, incinerators, floors, ceilings, walls)
  • Fan rooms (insulation of pipes, ducts, chillers, floors, ceilings, walls)


  • Incandescent light fixture backing
  • Firestopping
  • Welding blankets and screens
  • Incinerators (internal insulation)
  • Wire insulation
  • Heating cabinet panels (asbestos cement)
  • Fire dampers and fire stop flap
  • Emergency generators (thermal insulation and exhaust manifolds)
  • Elevator brake shoes

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