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Common locations

Common locations of asbestos in domestic and commercial buildings

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.

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.

Where materials have not been tested you should assume that it could contain asbestos and take adequate precautions before handling, removing or disturbing it. Sometimes manufacturer information may have been stamped on a product or a label may state it contains asbestos. Typically certain products can be identified by their age and likelihood to contain asbestos and must then be treated as asbestos materials.

Vehicles and plant

Since 31 December 2003, the use of asbestos in vehicles and plant has been banned throughout Australia.

Electrical switchboards and meters

Switchboard panels and meter boards may contain asbestos. If they were constructed or imported before 1 January 2004 they may contain asbestos containing materials (ACM).

Asbestos product gallery

Check out the products gallery to see photos of asbestos products commonly used in buildings and plant.