Occupational lung diseases or dust diseases including asbestosis are overwhelming in Australia. This is particularly prevalent in the building industry as until relatively recently in Australia’s history asbestos was used in almost every type of building and construction.
The vast majority of asbestos-containing products used in houses were bonded asbestos cement materials, including:
- shingles and siding (villaboard and similar)
- exterior and interior wall cladding
- thermal boards around fireplaces
- water or flue pipes.
Friable asbestos products have been commonly used in commercial and industrial settings since the late 1800s for fireproofing, soundproofing and insulation. Some friable products were also used in houses and may still be found in houses built before 1990.
Some friable asbestos products found in houses include:
- asbestos-rope door gaskets in wood stoves
- loose fill roofing insulation (not common)
- spray-on insulation or soundproofing
- low-density asbestos fibre board
- insulation on hot-water pipes, domestic heaters and stoves (e.g. lagging)
- backing material on floor tiles and vinyl flooring
- carpet underlay (not common)
- textured paints, decorative ceiling coatings
- heat-resistant fabrics
- brick and plaster sealants, fillers and some adhesive products
- hail or fire damaged, or badly weathered asbestos cement materials.
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