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List of Suspect Asbestos - Containing Materials

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral widely used in the construction industry due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties. However, it was later discovered that asbestos exposure can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Despite this knowledge, asbestos is still used in certain industries and workplaces.

One of the main industries where asbestos is still used is the shipbuilding industry. Asbestos is used in insulation materials, gaskets, and other components on ships, and it can be found in the engine rooms and boiler rooms of older ships. This is particularly concerning for workers in this industry, as asbestos fibers can be released into the air when the materials are disturbed during maintenance and repair work.

Another industry where asbestos is still used is the automotive industry. Asbestos is used in brake pads and linings, and it can be found in the brake systems of older vehicles. This poses a risk to mechanics and workers exposed to asbestos fibers when working on these vehicles.

Asbestos is also used in certain industrial settings, such as power plants and chemical plants, which are used as insulation for pipes and equipment. This poses a risk to workers in these industries who may be exposed to asbestos fibers when working on the equipment.

The hazards of using asbestos in the workplace are well-documented. Asbestos fibers can be inhaled, and they can become lodged in the lungs, leading to serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. The risk of developing these diseases increases with the length and level of exposure to asbestos fibers.

Asbestos is still used in certain industries and workplaces, despite the known health hazards associated with its use. Workers in shipbuilding, automotive, and industrial settings are particularly at risk of exposure to asbestos fibers. To protect workers from the dangers of asbestos, it is important to follow proper safety protocols and regulations and to phase out the use of asbestos in these industries as soon as possible.

An estimated 1.3 million employees in the construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. The heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and automotive brake and clutch repair work.
Asbestos is well-recognized as a health hazard and is highly regulated. OSHA and EPA asbestos rules are intertwined.


  • Acoustical Plaster
  • Adhesives
  • Asphalt Floor Tile
  • Base Flashing
  • Blown-in Insulation
  • Boiler Insulation
  • Breaching Insulation
  • Caulking/Putties
  • Ceiling Tiles and Lay-in Panels
  • Cement Pipes
  • Cement Siding
  • Cement Wallboard
  • Chalkboards
  • Construction Mastics (floor tile carpet, ceiling tile etc.)
  • Cooling Towers
  • Decorative Plaster
  • Ductwork Flexible Fabric Connections
  • Electric Wiring Insulation
  • Electrical Cloth
  • Electrical Panel Partitions
  • Elevator Brake Shoes
  • Elevator Equipment Panels
  • Fire Blankets
  • Fire Curtains
  • Fire Doors
  • Fireproofing Materials
  • Flooring Backing
  • Heating and Electrical Ducts
  • High-Temperature Gaskets
  • HVAC Duct Insulation
  • Joint Compounds
  • Laboratory Gloves
  • Laboratory Hoods/Tabletops
  • Packing Materials (for wall/floor penetrations)
  • Pipe Insulation (corrugated air-cell block etc.)
  • Roofing Felt
  • Roofing Shingles
  • Spackling Compounds
  • Spray-Applied Insulation
  • Taping Compounds (thermal)
  • Textured Paints/Coatings
  • Thermal Paper Products
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Sheet Flooring 
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Wallboard

The author, Jon L. Gelman, practices law in Wayne, NJ. He is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (Thomson-Reuters). For over five decades, the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900 have represented injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

Recommended Citation: Gelman, Jon L.,  List of Suspect Asbestos-Containing Materials (2023),

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