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Products Containing Asbestos

There are six types of asbestos — three of which have been used commercially:

  • white asbestos(chrysotile)
  • blue asbestos(crocidolite)
  • brown asbestos(amosite)

Over 90% of all asbestos ever used by companies in products and material was the white asbestos.

The following is a general list of products provided by the Environmental Protection Agency intended to show the types of materials containing asbestos. It does not include all products containing asbestos.

  • Cement Pipes
  • Cement Wallboard
  • Cement Siding
  • Asphalt Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring
  • Flooring Backing
  • Construction Mastics (tile, carpet, ceiling tile,etc.)
  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Decorative Plaster
  • Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
  • Spray-Applied Insulation
  • Blown-in Insulation
  • Fireproofing Materials
  • Taping Compounds (thermal)
  • Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations)
  • High Temperature Gaskets
  • Laboratory Hoods/Table Tops
  • Wallboard
  • Fire Blankets
  • Fire Curtains
  • Spackling Compounds
  • Elevator Equipment Panels
  • Elevator Brake Shoes
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
  • Cooling Towers
  • Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell, block, etc.)
  • Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
  • Electrical Cloth
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • Chalkboards
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Roofing Felt
  • Base Flashing
  • Thermal Paper Products
  • Fire Doors
  • Caulking/Putties
  • Adhesives
  • Laboratory Gloves
  • Joint Compounds
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings

A wide array of workers were exposed to asbestos including shipyard workers, factory workers, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, plumbers, laborers, machinists, mechanics, powerhouse workers, and electricians. One cloud of dust from asbestos products can contain millions or billions of fibers, and even a small amount of asbestos can be inhaled into the lungs causing mesothelioma or lung cancer.

The dangers of asbestos contamination were known to many of the companies that made these products as early as the 1920s. However, asbestos was sold and used without warnings up until the 1980s — when most asbestos products were banned in the United States and other countries.

Click here to view a more complete list of trades that were at risk for exposure.

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