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Licensed Assessors – Independent Asbestos Surveys & Clearances

Asbestos Examples

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Asbestos Risk Material

Asbestos can typically be found in the following places in New Zealand houses.

  1. Textured surfaces – Stipple ceilings,  walls, textured paint.
  2. Lathe and Plaster – Walls and Ceilings.
  3. Cement Sheets – under the eaves soffits, cement sheet cladding.
  4. Lino – including backing material and the glue it is stuck down with.
  5. Super Six roofing material – under the ceiling and possibly in the soil around the house.
  6. Fuse boards and around fuse boards.
  7. Spouting gutters and downpipe.
  8. Soil and house section contamination of any of the above is very common.

There are many other places in a house it can be found.  However these are the most likely places you can expect to find asbestos in a house built before the year 2000.

The material above can represent no risk to people if it is in good condition and is not disturbed.  As soon as it becomes disturbed it can give rise to airborne fibers which become a risk to you, your family and your neighbours.

The greatest health risk is if you inhale asbestos fibers.  This can occur if asbestos is disturbed – sanding, cutting, grinding, sweeping.  Any activity that is going to put the fibers into the air.

The most dangerous asbestos fibers are very small in size, typically less than 10 microns.  They are not visible to the human eye.  It is possible a room has an abundant amount of fibers and would not be seen.

Each person reacts in different ways to toxins.  Exposure to a hazard is affected by how much a person is exposed to and for how long.   Long exposure times to elevated airborne concentrations is more likely to have a health effect than short duration low level exposure.

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