Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Where is asbestos found in buildings?

Asbestos-containing materials were used until 1999 for a wide range of construction purposes in new and refurbished buildings including the following:

  • sprayed asbestos and loose asbestos packing were used as fire breaks in ceiling voids
  • hand moulded or pre-formed coatings and lagging were used as thermal insulation for pipes and boilers
  • sprayed asbestos and asbestos in a cement matrix were used as fire protection in ducts, firebreaks, panels, partitions, soffit boards, ceiling panels and around structural steel work
  • sprayed asbestos and board materials were used for sound proofing in walls and ceilings, usually as a coating or as tiles
  • asbestos cement products included corrugated roofing sheets, corrugated sheets for wall cladding, gutters, rainwater pipes and water tanks
  • millboard, paper and paper products containing asbestos were used for the insulation of electrical equipment, and as sandwich or backing materials - eg on wood veneers or linoleum
  • asbestos fibres were woven into ropes and cloths - eg fire blankets and heat resistant gloves
  • asbestos was used in textured coating, decorative plasters and paints - eg 'Artex' type finishes and cornices

HSE: Where can you find asbestos?

In this Guideline

Asbestos - What is it?

Where is asbestos found in buildings?

How to identify Asbestos

Working with Asbestos

Asbestos disposal

Asbestos environmental legislation

Environmental News Blog

  • My Year at NetRegs, A reflection on my time as an intern with the NetRegs team at SEPA. An overview of all the activities and projects I had the opportunity to participate in during my Bright Green Environmental Placement.

  • A day with Hydrology, SEPA's hydrometry unit is responsible for around 400 gauging stations and 350 rainfall monitoring sites. River gauging stations are important as they allow river levels to be monitored so flood events can be predicted and flood warnings sent out.

NetRegs on NetRegs on youTube

View our latest videos & subscribe to our channel.

NetRegs Update Newsletter

Free monthly email newsletter with environmental updates for Northern Ireland and Scotland

Sign up for free today!

Permits

NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms