Asbestos Uses & Products

How asbestos has been used throughout history

Asbestos fibers are heat and fire resistant and extremely durable. Because of these qualities, asbestos was used in more than 3,500 building and consumer products. Since the turn of the century, 30 million tons of asbestos have been used in U.S. homes, schools, and workplaces. Most homes built or remodeled from 1950-1979 contain some asbestos material. Asbestos is still used in some products, but federal and state laws and regulations prohibit asbestos from being used in most indoor construction materials. Today asbestos fiber is used as a filler and reinforcer in asphalt and tar-based surface coatings. These products are then used as roof sealants, waterproof coatings, auto under-coatings, fireproofing for structural steel, and automotive repair of brake assemblies and clutch assemblies.

Here are some products that contained asbestos:

  • Asbestos cement
  • Asbestos cement pipe (transite)
  • Boilers
  • Brake Lining
  • Ceiling and Wall Texture
  • Fireproofing
  • Floor & ceiling tile
  • Gaskets
  • Joint compounds
  • Pumps
  • Refractories
  • Roofing
  • Thermal insulation products
  • Turbines