Locating Asbestos

Where is asbestos found?

Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade, that you may come across either during your work or simply as a homeowner. Get more about the risks of asbestos in our FAQs.

The HSE has produced some graphics detailing where asbestos hides.
(Note that AIB stands for Asbestos Insulation Board)

Industrial & Commercial Properties


1. Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns

2. Asbestos cement water tank

3. Loose fill insulation

4. Lagging on boilers and pipes

5. AIB ceiling tiles

6. Toilet seats and cisterns

7. AIB partition walls

8. AIB panels in fire doors

9. Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper

10. Vinyl floor tiles

11. AIB around boilers

12. Textiles such as fire blankets

13. Textured decorating coatings on walls and ceilings, eg artex


14. Asbestos cement roof

15. Asbestos cement panels

16. Asbestos cement gutters and downpipes

17. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement

18. Asbestos cement flue


Domestic & Residential Properties

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1. Asbestos cement water tank

2. Pipe lagging

3. Loose fill insulation

4. Textured decorative coating, eg. artex

5. AIB ceiling tiles

6. AIB bath panelling

7. Toilet seat and cistern

8. AIB behind fuse box

9. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler

10. AIB partition wall

11. AIB interior window panel

12. AIB around boiler

13. Vinyl floor tiles

14. AIB behind fire


15. Gutters and Asbestos cement downpipes

16. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement

17. AIB exterior window panel

18. Asbestos cement roof

19. Asbestos cement panels

20. Roofing felt

Remember, AIB stands for Asbestos Insulating Board, commonly used as fireproofing material but with many other uses as you can see!

Concerned that you might have disturbed some asbestos? Call 0844 264 0094 or contact us here.