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Asbestos Safety

Asbestos is a mineral that forms long fibers that can be very harmful if inhaled or ingested. Asbestos was used in many products found in older homes. Facilities built after 1988 have a low probability of containing asbestos. Do not disturb any material that may contain asbestos until it can be verified otherwise. Materials that could contain asbestos include: 

  • Sprayed-on fire proofing and insulation in buildings
  • Insulation for pipes and boilers
  • Wall and ceiling insulation
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Floor tiles
  • Putties, caulks and cements (such as in cement pipes)
  • Plaster material
  • Mastic material (pipe, HVAC, sinks)
  • Roofing shingles and coatings
  • Siding shingles
  • Wall and ceiling texture
  • Joint compound
  • Fire curtains and blankets
  • Lab bench top surfaces
  • Fire doors
  • Gaskets