Where is asbestos found in buildings?

Even though the use of asbestos insulation and most types of asbestos are now banned, much of the asbestos used in the past is still there. Asbestos is used for:

  • fire protection (sprayed onto steelwork, concrete walls and ceilings);
  • insulation or lagging on pipework, boilers and ducts in buildings and factories;
  • insulated partitions, fire doors and ceiling tiles; and
  • cement products, such as sheeting on walls and roofs, tiles, cold water tanks, gutters, pipes and in decorative plaster finishes.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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