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:
Eaves – lining
Telecommunications pits and plumbing traps and vent pipes
Different styles and types of domestic and commercial sheet vinyl floor coverings with an ACM backing.
Heat linings, friction surfaces such as brake linings, clutch plates, gaskets.