Where is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos may be found in many different products and many different places. Examples of products that might contain asbestos are:
- Sprayed-on fire proofing and insulation in buildings
- Insulation for pipes and boilers
- Wall and ceiling insulation
- Ceiling tiles
- Floor tiles
- Old fume hoods and lab benches
- Putties, caulks, and cements (such as in chemical carrying cement pipes)
- Roofing shingles
- Siding shingles on old residential buildings
- Wall and ceiling texture in older buildings and homes
- Joint compound in older buildings and homes
- Brake linings and clutch pads
At OSU, asbestos is most likely to be found in:
- Sprayed-on insulation in locations such as various mechanical rooms, steel reinforcing beams, and some ceilings in older buildings
- Ceiling tiles in buildings built prior to 1981
- Most 9" floor tiles in buildings
- Many 12" floor tiles in buildings built prior to 1981
- Insulation around pipes and boilers, and
- Interiors of fire doors
- Older mastic (glue) for floor tiles, baseboards.
||Pipe and boiler insulation that contains asbestos will be labeled with identifying stickers and placards.
Asbestos-containing floor and ceiling tiles will not be labeled or marked. These tiles cannot be differentiated from other tile by visual means - they must be analyzed by a laboratory test.