Where do you find Asbestos Cement?
You can find asbestos cement in many places inside and outside buildings such as:
Asbestos cement roofs
These are mainly made up of large sheets of corrugated asbestos cement; they are often found on industrial or farmyard buildings, but also can be found as roofs on garages and sheds. They are usually covered in mosses as they’ve been there for many years.
Asbestos wall cladding
Shape and structure similar to roof sheeting, and is often found on walls/as walls of buildings with asbestos cement roofs.
Asbestos downpipes and gutters
Sometimes attached at the end of cement roofs in warehouse type buildings.
Asbestos cement flues
This may be found in boiler systems (including domestic) air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Examples include water tanks, fire surrounds and pipes.
What does Asbestos Cement look like?
Asbestos cement is just ordinary cement mixed with asbestos, in some cases asbestos can make up over a third of the cement. It is a hard, grey material which was moulded and compressed to produce some of the materials listed above.
How dangerous is Asbestos Cement?
As the asbestos is held tightly within the structure of the cement not much is given off when this is broken, however more asbestos fibres will be given off if it is broken, sawn or drilled.
Unless you know exactly what you are doing, have the full protective equipment and follow every heath and safety procedure you are putting yourself and others at risk.
Work with any type of asbestos is dangerous which is why the HSE have produced a number of guidance sheets.
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WARNING: Asbestos cement can sometimes be found with other more dangerous asbestos materials such as sprayed coatings – make sure you check before you carry out any work. Asbestos cement is also very fragile and deaths and injuries from falls through asbestos roofs are common – do not stand on it!