Common Asbestos Materials – Asbestos Sheets

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was commonly used in building materials in Australia prior to the mid-1980s.

Common asbestos containing materials are pictured below.

asbestos sheets

Asbestos coated metal sheet (Galbestos)

Usage: Galvanised iron sheets with a coating of asbestos on each side. Commonly used as external roof and wall cladding.

asbestos material - Vermiculite

Vermiculite

Usage: Provides fire rated insulation in industrial and commercial buildings. Can also be used as a decorative finish to ceilings.

Block insulation / lagging

Usage: Provides heat insulation for pipes and vessels. More commonly found in industrial properties.

Mastic sealant

Usage: Joint sealant within building structures, air conditioning plant and ductwork.

Compressed gaskets

Usage: Provides heat and chemical resistance within pipework flange joins.

Sheet vinyl floor covering with millboard backing

Usage: Floor and bench top covering.

Limpet (White Asbestos)

Usage: Provides fire protection on beams, walls, ceilings and penetrations. Can also provide sound insulation.

Limpet (Brown Asbestos)

Usage: Provides fire protection on beams, walls, ceilings and penetrations. Can also provide sound insulation.

Limpet (Blue Asbestos)

Usage: Provides fire protection on beams, walls, ceilings and penetrations. Can also provide sound insulation.

Bituminous membrane (Malthoid)

Usage: Prevents water movement across the membrane. Might be present on building roofs, as a lining inside tanks or around buried pipework or structures.

Millboard

Usage: Provides heat and chemical resistance, and non-conductive seal in electrical components.

Black tar electrical board (Zelemite)

Usage: Commonly used as a backing board for electrical components, including switchboards, fuse panels and gauges.

Fire door core insulation

Usage: Fire rated insulation lining present within fire doors. Doors may have several different layers.

Woven asbestos rope/cloth

Usage: Flexible heat and electrical insulation barrier. Commonly found lining older ceramic electrical fuses, as door seals for heaters and ovens, window seals and numerous other uses.

Low density fibre board (Asbestolux)

Usage: Commonly used as interior fire resistant ceiling sheeting and wall linings.

Laminated cement sheet

Usage: Decorative cladding used in domestic construction, commonly in wet areas.

Tile Adhesive (Blackjack glue)

Usage: Commonly used as a vinyl tile adhesive.

Vinyl tile

Usage: Commonly used as floor and wall coverings.

Asbestos cement

Usage: Heat resistant filling material for building penetrations and voids. Also used as a fire rating material on critical building fittings.

Corrugated cement sheet

Usage: Primarily used as roof and external wall cladding throughout industrial and residential buildings.

Cement sheet

Usage: Various uses such as cladding and underlay in construction. Chemical, heat, moisture and pest resistant.

Brake pads

Usage: Primarily used as friction materials in brake pads and clutch plates present in mechanical, automotive and other applications.

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Asbestos Sample Testing

Identifibre is a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) endorsed laboratory for analysis of bulk samples of building materials and soil samples for the presence of asbestos. With an experienced team of analysts, we offer a variety of turnaround times to suit budget and time restraints.

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Air Monitoring & Clearance Certificates

Identifibre provides all hygiene services required for asbestos removal works including air monitoring, visual inspections, clearance certificates and other services to ensure adequate control measures are in place before, during and after removal works.

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Asbestos & Hazardous Materials Management Plans

Identifibre can provide a complete asbestos management solution, incorporating the asbestos assessment and management plan framework adapted to your particular organisation structure.

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Identifibre’s Asbestos and Hazardous Materials Surveys and Risk Assessments (Division 6) detail the location and condition of asbestos and other hazardous materials that may be disturbed during demolition or refurbishment works on a building, structure, ship or plant where asbestos is fixed or installed.

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Asbestos in the Workplace Surveys & Risk Assessments

Identifibre can assist your workplace to comply with the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Australian Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations by carrying out a Division 5 Asbestos in the Workplace Survey and Risk Assessment in a timely, accurate and cost effective manner.

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Asbestos Awareness Training

Identifibre’s asbestos awareness training course provides guidance on identifying asbestos containing materials and how to work safely where asbestos may be suspected or confirmed.

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Project Management & Supervision

Identifibre can provide management assistance in all phases of asbestos abatement activities, from preparation of specifications through to project completion, including supervision and final clearance certification.

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Asbestos Contaminated Land Assessments

Asbestos is commonly found within soil and fill material associated with commercial or residential construction. Contact Identifibre for expert advice to investigate and assess the site, including soil, and develop appropriate risk management strategies.

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Respiratory Protection Fit Testing

All personnel who are required to remove or disturb asbestos-containing materials must use adequate respiratory protection for the task. Identifibre offer respiratory mask fit tests with all Identifibre fit testers RESP-Fit accredited.

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