Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM’s)

Asbestos containing materials (ACM’s) can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. Below are some of the many common materials used in the building trade that you may come across during work in a commercial or residential premises.

Asbestos fibres were used for their useful properties of high tensile strength, sound absorption, heat resistance and resistance to electricity and corrosive chemicals.

The most common types found in the UK are Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos), Crocidolite (blue asbestos), while more uncommon types, fibrous Actinolite, fibrous Anthophyllite and fibrous Tremolite are found only found in rare cases.

Click on the picture for a more in-depth look at each asbestos containing materials

Asbestos Cement Products (AC)

asbestos cement
Asbestos cement – corrugated roof sheet, guttering, downpipes, wall cladding, ceiling lining, flue pipes and packers.

Asbestos Insulating Boards (AIB)

asbestos insulating board
Asbestos insulating board – soffits, boxing panels, shuttering, panels around and below windows, infill panels, ceiling tiles and door lining panels.

Asbestos Bonded Textured Coating / Artex (TC)

asbestos artex
Asbestos textured coating – swirl, stipple and broken leather coatings found on both walls and ceilings. External render

Asbestos Reinforced Composites

floor tiles
Asbestos reinforced composites – floor tiles and adhesive, damp proof course, sink pads, roof felts, resin toilet cisterns, window sills and bath panels.

Asbestos Textiles and Papers

asbestos textile
woven fuse guards

Asbestos Thermal Insulation (TI), Loose Fill and Lagging (AL)

insulation / lagging
Asbestos insulation – loose fill insulation, vermiculite, pipe lagging, overspray (snots) on walls and hard set lagging.

If you suspect any of these materials are in your home and you like them analysed for asbestos content please find our sampling kits here.

Please note that the list below is only a small selection of asbestos containing materials and is not comprehensive list.