Areas where asbestos is commonly found:

  AC Sheet   See cement sheet.
  Adhesives   Industrial adhesives commonly contained asbestos, usually chrysotile.  
  Air conditioning duct insulation   Internal sections of duct work may be internally insulated within fire rated asbestos board.


  Air conditioning gussets   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Aprons   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Arc shields   Found on electrical switchboards. Made from moulded asbestos cement sheet. Also known as flash boards.
  Automotive body underseal   Bituminous sealants often contained asbestos. Usually chrysotile.  
  Battery boxes   Battery boxes in older cars comprised of pitch, rubber and crocidolite.  
  Bituminous membranes   Used as water proofing on rooftops and floors. Usually contains chrysotile, but sometimes amosite or crocidolite.  
  Blackboards   Blackboards made from painted asbestos cement sheet.  
  Blankets   Made from woven chrysotile or crocidolite, often containing internal loose fill asbestos insulation. Used for thermal insulation/protection of steam pipe valves/flanges and as fire insulation in penetrations.
  Boiler insulation   Large industrial boilers often containing sprayed asbestos insulation beneath outer metal cladding and as insulation on associated duct work. Smaller commercial boilers insulated with asbestos blocks or composite materials applied to the outer surface of the boiler and clad with calico or metal sheeting. Various other asbestos products associated with boilers including seals, gaskets, fire rated board etc.
  Bracket insulation   Sprayed asbestos applied to structural building brackets to provide fire insulation.
  Braid   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Brake and clutch linings   Resin impregnated asbestos braid used on all vehicles, lifts, industrial lifting equipment etc.  
  Cable sheaths   Woven chrysotile sheath around electrical cables.
  Calorifier insulation   Provides thermal insulation to hot water calorifiers. Insulation generally contains amosite (brown asbestos), with an external cladding of calico or metal.
  Cement sheet   Asbestos cement sheet (also known as fibrocement or AC sheet) may contain chrysotile, amosite and/or crocidolite. Use of crocidolite ceased in the late 1960's. Later cement sheet products contained only chrysotile until its use ceased in the early to mid 1980's.

Most commonly found as flat or corrugated sheeting, available profiles included shadowline, highline, coverline, ribline and striated.

Wide range of applications including: eaves, roofing sheets, roof shingles, external and internal wall cladding, ceilings, underlay, guttering, downpipes, conduits, flues, water pipes, fences, ceramic tile backing, fish ponds, planter boxes, pots, phone box tops, switchboard linings, fire place linings, shower recesses, arc chutes, arc shields, underground pits.

  Cinema screens   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Cooling towers   Outer cladding and internal filler from asbestos cement sheet or internal plastic filler containing asbestos.  
  Curtains   Made from woven chrysotile.
  Door seals   Seals of doors on ovens, fire proof cabinets, furnaces, boilers etc made from chrysotile.  
  Durabestos & Durawall   Asbestos cement sheet products manufactured in Australia by Wunderlich.  
  Electrical appliances   Insulations of various appliances including irons, hair dryers, TV sets, projectors. toasters etc.  
  Electrical conduits   Moulded asbestos cement sheet.  
  Exhaust pipe insulation   Exhaust pipes from engines such as generators found within buildings were often insulated within asbestos, similar to that found on hot water and steam pipes.  
  Fake brick cladding   See cement sheet. Fake bricks attached to asbestos cement sheet backing. Used for external cladding of houses.
  Fibrocement   See cement sheet.  
  Fibrolite   Asbestos cement sheet manufactured by James Hardie in Australia.  
  Filter materials   Used in both powdered form and as a filter paper, asbestos was utilised in the beverage and food manufacturing industries for product filtering, within gas masks and in HEPA filters.  
  Fire blankets   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Fire curtains   Made from woven chrysotile, used for fire protection in theatres between the stage and seating area.  
  Fire door insulation   Central core of doors, containing one, two or three layers of asbestos fire rated board. Some hollow metal doors internally lined with millboard.  
  Fire rated board   Medium density asbestos board with a variety of uses including fire door insulation, fire walls, fume cupboard lining etc.  
  Fire stop insulation   Either a woven asbestos bag containing loose fill asbestos insulation or a composite asbestos mix, used to fire proof penetrations.
  Fishponds   Constructed from moulded asbestos cement sheet.  
  Flowerpots   Constructed from moulded asbestos cement sheet.  
  Flues   Asbestos cement flues on heaters, hot water services, sanitary napkin incinerettes.
  Fume cupboards   Walls, benchtop and/or baffle plates made from asbestos cement sheet or fire rated board.  
  Fuse blankets   Small pieces of woven asbestos braid used to stop arcing in high voltage ceramic fuse blocks.  
  Furnace insulation   Internal walls of industrial furnaces lined with fire rated asbestos board.  
  Galbestos   Galvanised iron sheets with a coating of chrysotile on each side, covered by a coating of paint or bitumen. Available in flat, corrugated and other profiles. Manufactured from the 1950's through to the 1970's.  
  Gaskets   Gaskets for flanges commonly contain chrysotile.  
  Gauss mats   Asbestos impregnated wire mats used in laboratory applications.
  Gloves   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Hats   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Heat banks   Asbestos containing insulation blocks or millboard used in some brands of both domestic and commercial electric heat banks up until the early 1980's. Brand names included Potteron, Auto-hot and Kleenheat.
  Ironing board covers   Made from woven asbestos.  
  Laboratory benchtops   Made from compressed asbestos cement sheet.  
  Laboratory mats   Commonly found in school laboratories under Bunsen burners.  Made from asbestos cement sheet or fire rated asbestos board.  
  Laminates   Containing a thin layer of asbestos paper beneath the outer decorative coating. Used extensively in ship building and in high temperature applications.  
  Lift doors   Internal core often containing asbestos insulation.  
  Light fittings   Light fittings may contain asbestos cable sheathing or millboard seals.  
  Limpet   "Limpet" asbestos is a trade name used by J.W. Roberts Limited to market sprayed asbestos insulation. The "Limpet" process included sprayed amosite, chrysotile and crocidolite.  
  Limpet board   Perforated "peg board" containing asbestos. Main application was to cover sprayed limpet asbestos, although was also used to cover synthetic mineral fibre insulation batts or blankets to provide a fire rating.
  Marinite   A fire rated asbestos board used in ship building.  
  Mattresses   Made from woven chrysotile cloth, often with internal loose asbestos fill. Used to cover pipe flanges, diesel power generator exhaust pipes etc.  
  Millboard   A soft asbestos containing cardboard like material. Normally containing chrysotile, but occasionally contains amosite and crocidolite. Many uses as a thermal and electrical insulator.  
  Monocote   Sprayed asbestos insulation containing a small percentage of chrysotile.  
  Mortar   Asbestos often added to mortar.  
  Oven insulation   Internal lining of fire rated board and woven asbestos seals.  
  Packing materials   Asbestos packing within valves and stopcocks. Usually chrysotile.
  Paints   Asbestos used in various industrial paints (e.g. high build epoxy paints).  
  Pipe insulation   Provide thermal insulation to steam and hot water pipes. The most commonly encountered insulation installed as preformed sections containing amosite (brown asbestos), with an external cladding of calico or metal sheathing. Small diameter pipes may also be insulated by wrapping strips of flexible asbestos containing board.
  Pipes   Asbestos cement pipes used for fresh water supply, stormwater and sewerage systems.
  Plaster cornice adhesive   Mostly contained chrysotile, but sometimes amosite.  
  Plastics   Asbestos was incorporated as a filler material in many common plastic polymers such as PVC, polypropylene and nylon.  
  Proximity suits   Woven chrysotile full body suits used by fire fighters. The more modern suits are internally lines with non-asbestos fabric, with the external surface sealed with an aluminium coating to assist in reflection heat.  
  Re-heat box insulation   Fire rated asbestos board within re-heat boxes of air conditioning systems.  
  Render   Asbestos often added to cement based renders.  
  Roadway pits   Constructed of moulded asbestos cement.  
  Rope   Generally made from chrysotile, but sometimes crocidolite. May also contain amosite.
  Screeds   Floor leveling screeds often contained asbestos.  
  Shadowline   Moulded asbestos cement sheeting.  
  Shotgun shell wads   Packed with white asbestos.  
  Silbestos   Sprayed asbestos insulation utilising crocidolite from the Wittenoom mine.  
  Socks   Made from woven chrysotile. Reported to cure corns and bunions.  
  Spackle   Asbestos present mainly in the top-coat.  
  Sprayed insulation   Sprayed asbestos insulation was used for fire protection, thermal insulation, condensation control and acoustic insulation. Various trade names for sprayed asbestos insulation included Limpet (amosite, chrysotile or crocidolite), Asbestospray, Cafco, Silbestos (crocidolite) and Monokote (chrysotile).
  Steriliser insulation   Asbestos blocks or composite materials applied to the outer surface of the steriliser unit and clad with calico or metal sheeting.  
  String   Composed of chrysotile or crocidolite. Applications include windings on welding electrodes and thread for sewing together various asbestos textile products.  
  Steam engine insulation   Boiler units of steam locomotives insulated with asbestos blankets and various asbestos products.  
  Super Six   Corrugated asbestos cement sheet. Manufactured by Hardies.  
  Switchboards   Older black electrical switchboards manufactured from coal tar pitch and asbestos (usually chrysotile). Brand names include "zelemite" and "miscolite".  
  Talc   Asbestos (usually tremolite or anthophyllite) can be found as a natural contaminant in talc.  
  Tasbestos   Asbestos cement sheet manufactured by Goliath Portland Cement Co. in Australia.  
  Telecommunications pits   Underground pits made from moulded asbestos cement sheet.  
  Telephone boxes   The dome top on the old red phone boxes was made from moulded asbestos cement sheet.
  Textiles   Various products made from woven chrysotile or crocidolite.  
  Tilux   Laminated flat asbestos cement sheet with various decorative pattern designs. General used in wet areas such as shower recesses, bathrooms and kitchens.  
  Underlay   Asbestos millboard or cement sheet used as underlay to vinyl flooring and cement sheet used as underlay to ceramic floor tiles.  
  Vermiculite   Asbestos (usually tremolite) can be found as a natural contaminant in vermiculite.  
  Vinyl floor tiles   Chrysotile asbestos used in vinyl tiles until about 1985. Older tiles contained up to 28% asbestos, while the tiles manufactured in the 1980's contained 8% asbestos.  
  Vinyl floor sheeting   Asbestos millboard/paper sheeting used as backing to upper layer of non asbestos vinyl sheeting.
  Weatherboards   Woodgrain textured asbestos cement sheet weatherboards.  
  Welding blankets   Made from woven chrysotile.  
  Welding rods   Welding rods were wrapped with asbestos string.  Chrysotile and/or crocidolite.  
  White asbestos   See chrysotile.  
  Window seals   White asbestos braid used as seals within window frames. Usually associated with asbestos cement sheet clad roofs (e.g. skylights associated with sawtooth roofs).  
  Zelemite   See switchboards.  

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