Potential Places to find Asbestos in your home or factory
Images taken directly from the Worksafe "Management & Removal of Asbestos" November 2016.
When was the
Asbestos was widely used as construction and insulation
material in buildings until the mid -1980s. It was still used until stockpiles
of the product ran out. Asbestos was possibly used in buildings constructed
refurbishments or additions made to the building before 2000?
Any refurbishment or extensions to the original building
before 2000 may have building materials containing asbestos.
Even if the original parts of the building did not have
asbestos, be aware that later additions may have it.
What was used to
build the building?
If cement sheet was installed in the building before
2000, it is likely to contain asbestos. For example, a corrugated cement sheet
roof is likely to contain asbestos.
Areas of buildings prone to wet conditions may contain
asbestos in the walls and floors, because it is hardy and has good
waterproofing qualities. For example, bathrooms, toilets and laundries may have
asbestos sheeting or vinyl tiles. Pipes that carry water and sewage may also
Talk to designers,
manufacturers or suppliers of plant, or refer to design plans
Asbestos may be present in specific parts of workplace
plant because it was used in gasket and friction brake products. Despite a large
decrease in its use, white asbestos was still used in specific plant, including
rotary van vacuum pumps, and gaskets for certain equipment.
If plant was designed, built and installed before 2000,
consult the plant supplier, manufacturer or designer to find out if asbestos is
present. Preferably get this advice in writing. If this is not possible, review
the design plans and seek advice from an experienced engineer or plant
designer. Quality assurance systems or checks should confirm if asbestos in present.
Talking to experienced workers may help because they may
know about the plant or building’s history, including age, construction,
renovation or repairs, or where asbestos may be found.
the workplace to identify asbestos, ACM and inaccessible areas
The person identifying the asbestos should conduct a
thorough visual inspection of all areas of the workplace, including all
buildings, ceiling spaces, cellars, shafts, storage areas and wall cavities.
Otherwise assume asbestos is present.
The building or plant’s design plans may help identify
inaccessible areas. Talk to builders, architects, plant manufacturers and
maintenance workers. Knowledge of the materials used in the building or plant’s
construction, or experience and findings from inspecting similar sections of
the building or plant (or similar ones) may also help.
Take notes and
Taking notes and photographs while conducting the
inspection will help with producing asbestos records.
Previous asbestos records, including from asbestos
removal jobs (such as clearance certificates), can help with identifying all
asbestos and ACM in the workplace .