The Rogue's Gallery

  "We find asbestos in some unexpected places"

Asbestos appears in some surprising places. During our site surveys, we have taken samples from materials suspected of containing asbestos and had them analysed to confirm or refute the suspicion.

Below, we show a selection of guilty products to demonstrate the wide variety of uses and places it can be found.

All of these products, regardless of the amount of asbestos contained within them, need to be recorded and monitored within an asbestos management programme under the Control of Asbestos Regulations.

Important: This information is provided as a general demonstration only. Similar looking products in your building may or may not contain asbestos. The only way to know for certain is to have them sampled and tested.

Asbestos discovered in vinyl floor covering - image


This floor covering is vinyl, yet was shown to contain asbestos.

The actual content was only around 2%.


Older vinyl floor coverings often contained asbestos to add to their strength. Normally, the material will appear quite stiff and brittle when compared to the modern floor coverings.

We often discover old asbestos containing floor coverings underneath carpets, or under newer vinyl coverings.

Client Quote: "You won't found any asbestos here, we had it all removed years ago".

Less than two minutes later, we found this, just lying on an external wall in a common area.

The gasket on this valve is made from asbestos.

Asbestos gasket on a heating valve - image


Asbestos ceiling tile sample from celotex. image


Lying on a shelf in a stationery cupboard was a box of old ceiling tile samples used by specifiers.

Most were innocent, but one in particular stood out from the crowd.

Older ceiling tiles often contain asbestos.


The flash protectors on older fuse boxes like this one are usually asbestos lined.

Removing the fuse exposes the asbestos which can be seen clearly on the right hand fuse holder in this picture.

asbestos flash guard in an older type fuse box - image


asbestos board - image

This asbestos board was left in position where it used to protect the external wooden cladding of a building from the heat of a fan.


Asbestos Insulation Board and an Asbestos Cement panel protect the steel work of a modern industrial unit, forming a fire-break between two units.

The cement panel is damaged so will need to be removed.

asbestos insulation board and an asbestos cement panel - image


From the ground, the roof lining panels look like plaster board.

Closer inspection and laboratory testing identified the surface coating of the lining panels to be 100% Chrysotile Asbestos.

The poor condition presents a risk to health.


14 metres from the ground, it was impossible to see that the exposed Asbestos Insulation Board was actually cladding an Asbestos Cement panel liner, which in turn cladded an external Asbestos Cement profile.


From the ground, it's easy to assume the ceiling is plasterboard.

Examination and testing revealed a pure asbestos paper lining a board.

If disturbed, this can present a serious risk to health.


A relatively new boiler system using an older flue system was found to have asbestos string gaskets as per this photograph.

Visual examination showed that the string was fibrous, but to the untrained eye, it's no different to normal string.

This is the rear of a disused factory that had it's roof replaced several years ago.

Also, the partitioning was stripped prior to the building becoming derelict.

Several tons of Asbestos Insulation Board was left exposed outside, together with the sheets from the original roof!


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