Asbestos fibres were widely used in the manufacture of a variety building products. Buildings constructed before 2004 may contain asbestos products, with kitchens and bathrooms the most common areas where asbestos containing materials (ACM) were used.ACM was used internally and externally to construct buildings. The following list is an example of some of the locations asbestos is found.
The fire resistance and insulation properties of asbestos meant it was widely used in industrial equipment. Asbestos can be found in the following older mechanical equipment.
With the exception of certain products which were stamped with manufacturer’s information, it is very difficult to visually determine if a product contains asbestos.The only way to be certain that something contains asbestos is to have a sample tested in a laboratory.If you suspect something contains asbestos, treat it as asbestos until tests confirm otherwise.It is strongly recommended that a competent person collects the samples for testing and all testing is done by a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory. A competent person in the identification of asbestos and ACM include:
A list of asbestos assessors and businesses licensed to remove asbestos are available on the NT WorkSafe website.