Asbestos

Common Asbestos-Containing Products

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What kinds of products contain asbestos?
Aren't all asbestos products banned?
How do I tell if a product contains asbestos?

What kinds of products contain asbestos?

There are over 3,000 known products that may contain asbestos. The following list identifies some of the commercially available products that may contain asbestos.

Adhesives

Appliance components

Automotive products

Brake linings
Brake pads
Clutch plates

Ceilings Products

Acoustical plaster
Ceiling panels
Ceiling texture (Popcorn texture)
Ceiling tiles
Ceiling tile mastic

Cement-asbestos board (Transite) products

Chimney flue lining
Ducts
Pipes
Shingles
Siding
Wall panels

Chalkboards

Electrical products

Cloth wire insulation
Electrical breakers
Electrical panel arc chutes
Electrical panel partitions
Electrical panels
Insulating cloth

Fire protection products

Fire blankets
Fire curtains
Fire doors
Spray-on fireproofing

Heating and Cooling System products

Boiler insulation
Boiler breeching insulation
Cooling towers
Duct work insulation
Furnace insulation
Gaskets
Heat shields (paper and corrugated cardboard)
HVAC vibration dampeners
Pipe lagging insulation
Pipe elbow insulation
Tank insulation
Tank casings
Thermal taping compounds

Elevator equipment

Elevator car brake shoes
Elevator equipment panels

Flooring Products

Asphalt floor tiles
Carpet mastic
Coving mastic
Floor tile mastic
Vapor barriers
Vinyl floor tiles
Vinyl sheet flooring (linoleum)

Industrial use products

Beverage filters
Friction materials

Laboratory products

Heat resistant gloves
Laboratory hoods
Laboratory tables and countertops

Paints and coatings

Roofing Products

Base flashing
Felt
Shingles
Tar or "Black Jack"

Table pads

Wall Products

Decorative plaster
Caulking and putties
Spackling compounds
Vinyl wall coverings
Wall penetration packing materials
Wallboard joint compound
Wallboard or sheetrock

Window glazing

Vermiculite

Attic insulation
Fireplace decoration
Gardening products
Wall insulation

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Aren't all asbestos products banned?

No. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)has banned the use of the following products in new construction and renovation:

  • Spray-applied surfacing asbestos-containing material.
  • Sprayed-on application of materials containing more than 1% asbestos to buildings, structures, pipes, and conduits unless the material is encapsulated with a bituminous or resinous binder during spraying and the materials are not friable after drying.
  • Wet-applied and pre-formed asbestos pipe insulation, and pre-formed asbestos block insulation on boilers and hot water tanks.
  • Corrugated paper, rollboard, commercial paper, specialty paper, flooring felt, and new uses of asbestos.

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How do I tell if a product contains asbestos?

Read the labeling on any product you buy or contact the manufacturer. With the advent of trade agreements, products from outside the United States that contain asbestos are now being introduced into the American consumer marketplace. Another alternative is to have a Minnesota certified asbestos inspector sample the material and have it analyzed for asbestos. You can find companies that conduct asbestos sampling on MDH's Find a Contractor or Consultant web page.

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How do I find out more information?

For more information about asbestos, contact the Asbestos Program at MDH through the internet or by telephone at (651) 201-4620.

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Updated Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:41PM