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Asbestos-
Believe it or not
A look at some of the more obscure and
unusual uses of asbestos
By Joseph Burley
Chrysotile fibers under Phase Contrast Microscopy
Tri-Tech Building Hygiene Services
linoleum
Most commonly in the
lino itself but sometimes
found in the backing felt,
underlayment or mastic
Dry transformer coil shielding and lining
(General Electric 1972)
tan
cardboard
30%
asbestos
white
coated
paper 60%
asbestos
coated
fabric
mesh 20%
asbestos
Electricians, metal scrappers and similar workers are often unwittingly exposed!
circuitbreaker door-paper shielding
This friable paper shielding is akin to raw asbestos fabric, often 60-
70%. Just opening and closing the door causes a release of fibers.
Cardboard or
cementitious fuse
shields are
sometimes asbestos,
although not in this
instance
Exterior Building Caulk (mid-1970s)
10% chrysotile
Client had hoped for an asbestos-free building (until I told them they had this
stuff that was cost prohibitive to remove)
Synthetic Slate Roofing Tile
2 layers of 10% chrysotile shingles
Transite
Cove
rigid asbestos vinyl cove
trim
(10% chrysotile)
wood molding glue
grey glue is 5% chrysotile
faux chimney brick mastic
foundation/wall
damp-proofing and vapor
barrier products
Damp-proofing tar almost always
contains asbestos in pre-2000
construction
asbestos paint
I always wonder how much labs miss when they don’t
check the paint layer when analyzing samples
humidifier
core media
What better way to disperse asbestos fibers through a
building?
ironing board fabric and hot pad
(dry cleaners)
Older dry cleaners rightfully receive a lot of attention
for the hazardous solvents they use but I often
wonder how many clean garments are returned to
the customer with asbestos fibers on them
The End
Tri-Tech Building Hygiene Services
a subsidiary of Freelance Enviro-Tech Services LLC
Joseph Burley, Principal Consultant
23841 Republic
Oak Park, Michigan 48237
248-721-8574
Freelance.enviro.tech@gmail.com
Tri-Tech Building Hygiene Services

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Tri-Tech Asbestos "believe it or not"

  • 1. Asbestos- Believe it or not A look at some of the more obscure and unusual uses of asbestos By Joseph Burley Chrysotile fibers under Phase Contrast Microscopy Tri-Tech Building Hygiene Services
  • 2. linoleum Most commonly in the lino itself but sometimes found in the backing felt, underlayment or mastic
  • 3. Dry transformer coil shielding and lining (General Electric 1972) tan cardboard 30% asbestos white coated paper 60% asbestos coated fabric mesh 20% asbestos Electricians, metal scrappers and similar workers are often unwittingly exposed!
  • 4. circuitbreaker door-paper shielding This friable paper shielding is akin to raw asbestos fabric, often 60- 70%. Just opening and closing the door causes a release of fibers. Cardboard or cementitious fuse shields are sometimes asbestos, although not in this instance
  • 5. Exterior Building Caulk (mid-1970s) 10% chrysotile Client had hoped for an asbestos-free building (until I told them they had this stuff that was cost prohibitive to remove)
  • 6. Synthetic Slate Roofing Tile 2 layers of 10% chrysotile shingles
  • 7. Transite Cove rigid asbestos vinyl cove trim (10% chrysotile)
  • 8. wood molding glue grey glue is 5% chrysotile
  • 10. foundation/wall damp-proofing and vapor barrier products Damp-proofing tar almost always contains asbestos in pre-2000 construction
  • 11. asbestos paint I always wonder how much labs miss when they don’t check the paint layer when analyzing samples
  • 12. humidifier core media What better way to disperse asbestos fibers through a building?
  • 13. ironing board fabric and hot pad (dry cleaners) Older dry cleaners rightfully receive a lot of attention for the hazardous solvents they use but I often wonder how many clean garments are returned to the customer with asbestos fibers on them
  • 14. The End Tri-Tech Building Hygiene Services a subsidiary of Freelance Enviro-Tech Services LLC Joseph Burley, Principal Consultant 23841 Republic Oak Park, Michigan 48237 248-721-8574 Freelance.enviro.tech@gmail.com Tri-Tech Building Hygiene Services