Common Asbestos-Containing Products
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.
Ceiling texture (Popcorn texture)
Ceiling tile mastic
Cement-asbestos board (Transite) products
Chimney flue lining
Cloth wire insulation
Electrical panel arc chutes
Electrical panel partitions
Fire protection products
Heating and Cooling System products
Boiler breeching insulation
Duct work insulation
Heat shields (paper and corrugated cardboard)
HVAC vibration dampeners
Pipe lagging insulation
Pipe elbow insulation
Thermal taping compounds
Elevator car brake shoes
Elevator equipment panels
Asphalt floor tiles
Floor tile mastic
Vinyl floor tiles
Vinyl sheet flooring (linoleum)
Industrial use products
Heat resistant gloves
Laboratory tables and countertops
Paints and coatings
Tar or "Black Jack"
Caulking and putties
Vinyl wall coverings
Wall penetration packing materials
Wallboard joint compound
Wallboard or sheetrock
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.
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.
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.