Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)

Hazardous asbestos containing materials (also known as ACM’s) have been used in the construction industry for decades. These materials were preferred in these projects for their lightness and ability to resist corrosion and fires.  Now, asbestos is classed as a dangerous product has been banned.  Doctors and scientists are  now confident that it is carcinogenic. Many health organisations around the world have also condemned its use in construction.

Still, people find asbestos fibres in many of the products that were historically made using the asbestos containing materials. Some of these products include caulking, sealers, artex, cements and mastics.  Here is more information on various types of ACM’s.

Asbestos in Insulation Panels & Pipe Lagging

Asbestos can be present in some kinds of insulation products such as insulation boards and most notable and dangerous are asbestos based pipe lagging products, sometimes these are encased in metal housings but are extremely dangerous to health.

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Asbestos in Caulking, Sealers and Mastic

Caulking is used for the sealing of joints and seams in construction structures. It is also used in making some types of piping systems. Toxic materials were popularly used in the making of caulking products as they were highly resistant to heat, water and weather changes. In many cases, the fibres were used to make 100 percent of the caulks.

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Asbestos in Cement Panels

Asbestos can be present in almost all kinds of cement building products, including cement boards, roofing sheets, plastic cement, joint cement, furnace cement, finishing cement and bonding cement. These cements may be present on walls, floors or ceilings, and they can be used both indoors and outside of a property.

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Asbestos in Adhesives

This potentially hazardous substance is present in many older adhesive products. Though there is no need to replace these products if they have been well maintained, it is crucial to comply with the 2012 Control of Asbestos Regulations and thus to ensure that they do not pose any hazard.

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Asbestos In Artex

Artex is a trade name for a type of textured coating that is commonly found on walls and ceilings in houses and businesses. It was used extensively throughout the 70’s and 80’s. During this time, the Artex contained materials that are now known to be hazardous to our health. Asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1999; however, it still remains within wall coatings and ceilings that were put up before this time.

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