How to Identify Asbestos

It is often very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos by sight. The only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analysed by a laboratory.

How to identify Asbestos?

Sampling of anything you suspect may contain asbestos is itself hazardous and should only be done by a competent person, and analysed only in accredited laboratories. Queensland Asbestos Management Services can help you do perform the right testing and identifying of asbestos in your home and business.

More information on identifying asbestos and where this can be done is available from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA).

Where materials are not tested you can presume that something contains asbestos and treat it as such. For example, if there is reliable manufacturer information on a product, a label stating something contains asbestos, or if it is a product of a type and age that typically contains asbestos, you can presume it contains asbestos. If this presumption is made, any handling and removal of the material must be treated as if it contains asbestos.

Products that may contain asbestos include:

Roof sheeting/Fencing/sheds/carports

Painted Super Six fencing and capping

Painted Super Six fencing and capping

Super Six roof sheeting in a Tuscan profile

Super Six roof sheeting in a Tuscan profile

An old Queenslander with verandah enclosed with ACM wall sheeting

An old Queenslander with a verandah enclosed with ACM wall sheeting

Hardiplank used in a woven pattern for fencing

Hardiplank used in a woven pattern for fencing

Garage roof and walls

Garage with roof and walls

External cladding

Hardiplank wall sheeting

Hardiplank wall sheeting

Coverline wall cladding

Coverline wall cladding

Shadowline wall cladding

Shadowline wall cladding

Imitation brick containing asbestos

Imitation brick containing asbestos

Internal cladding

Tilux bathroom wall sheeting also used as splashbacks over sinks

Tilux bathroom wall sheeting also used as splashbacks over sinks

Tilux splashback over a sink

Tilux splashback over a sink

Eaves – lining

Slotted hardi flex soffit sheeting

Slotted Hardiflex soffit sheeting

Slotted hardi flex sheeting used as soffit sheeting

Another style of slotted soffit sheeting

Telecommunications pits and plumbing traps and vent pipes

DT surround (disconnector trap)

DT surround (disconnector trap)

Moulded telecommunications pit

Moulded telecommunications pit

AC vent pipe and pipe cap

AC vent pipe and pipe cap

Asbestos downpipe

75mm asbestos downpipe

Insulation

Textile insulation to the hot water pipes between the hot water system

Textile insulation to the hot water pipes between the hot water system

Textile seal to the oven

Textile seal to the oven door

Electrical

Zelimite backing board to an external switchboard

Zelimite backing board to an external switchboard

Textile electrical wiring to an old auto boiler

Textile electrical wiring to an old auto boiler

Floor tiles

Vinyl floor tiles

Vinyl floor tiles

Floor coverings

Different styles and types of domestic and commercial sheet vinyl floor coverings with an ACM backing.

Domestic sheet vinyl floor covering

Domestic sheet vinyl floor covering

Domestic sheet vinyl floor covering

Domestic sheet vinyl floor covering

Domestic sheet vinyl floor covering

Domestic sheet vinyl floor covering

Commercial sheet vinyl floor covering

Commercial sheet vinyl floor covering

Commercial sheet vinyl floor covering

Commercial sheet vinyl floor covering

Two different style of commercially used sheet vinyl floor covering

Two different styles of commercially used sheet vinyl floor covering

Carpet underlay

Hessian bags that used to contain asbestos recycled as carpet underlay.

Hessian bags that used to contain asbestos recycled as carpet underlay. © Department of Health, Western Australia

Plant

Heat linings, friction surfaces such as brake linings, clutch plates, gaskets.

Textile material around the radiator hose

Textile material around the radiator hose

Lift motor with brake assembly

Lift motor with brake assembly

Calico-sealed asbestos insultation to an oil return air-conditioning condensor

Calico-sealed asbestos insultation to an oil return air-conditioning condensor