What is asbestos used for?

More than thousand different products are made using asbestos. In the United States, chrysotile (white asbestos) has been the most commonly used type of asbestos. According to the U.S. EPA Asbestos Building Inspectors Manual, white asbestos accounts for approximately 95% of asbestos found in buildings in the United States. Amosite or brown asbestos is the second most likely type to be found in buildings. Products that may contain asbestos include but are not limited to:

  • roofing tars, felts, siding, and shingles
  • vinyl floor tiles, sheeting, adhesives
  • ceiling tiles
  • panels, siding, countertops, and pipes
  • fireproofing and fire resistant drywall
  • interior fire doors
  • HVAC systems
  • caulk
  • gaskets
  • brake pads
  • clutch plates
  • asbestos gloves
  • fire blankets
  • fire proof clothing
  • thermal pipe insulation

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