Products Containing Asbestos

Asbestos Used in Thousand of Products

Asbestos has been in use for centuries. Historically, asbestos was used in such products as ceramics, armor and funeral products. Asbestos was popular within construction and manufacturing industries due to its resistance to heat.

By the twentieth century, asbestos was found in literally thousands of products. Asbestos was used in nearly every industry, including by the US military. Asbestos was commonly used for residential and commercial construction and in manufacturing plants. It was also used extensively in the construction, repair and maintenance of ships and vessels. Asbestos-containing products were found at major job and work sites, including steel mills, factories, power plants, shipyards, foundries, and oil refineries.

Asbestos Was Required for Proper Functioning of Equipment

Principal uses of asbestos included fireproofing, thermal insulation, construction material, sealants, electrical insulation, friction products, paints and coatings. The asbestos fiber content in these products varied widely from less than 1% to 100%. Most products included a combination of asbestos fibers and other materials. These materials included cement, magnesia, rubber, plastics, and asphalt.

Asbestos became increasingly important because certain products or equipment required asbestos to function. For example, equipment found aboard ships and vessels and within factories required asbestos. This equipment included generators, turbines, boilers, distillers, and an array of pipes and auxiliary equipment.

Common Types of Asbestos Products

Thermal Insulation or Lagging

  • Asbestos pipe covering
  • Asbestos block
  • Asbestos cement
  • Asbestos mud
  • Magnesia block



  • Asbestos cloth
  • Asbestos blanket
  • Asbestos felt
  • Asbestos yarn


Gaskets and Packing

  • Asbestos gaskets
  • Asbestos packing
  • Valve stem packing
  • Asbestos rope


Electrical Equipment

  • Asbestos wire
  • Switchboard
  • Arc chutes
  • Arc shields
  • Arc boxes
  • Electrical cable


Construction and Building Industry

  • Floor tiles
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Drywall
  • Plaster
  • Joint compound
  • Spackle
  • Taping compound
  • Ceramic tiles


Asbestos Cement Products

  • Pipe
  • Siding
  • Roof shingles


Plastics and Resins

  • Bakelite
  • Durez
  • Molded plastics
Paints, Mastics and Coatings

  • Paint
  • Adhesives
  • Mastics
  • Sealant


Friction Products

  • Brake linings
  • Brake pads
  • Brake shoes
  • Clutch pads
  • Clutch plates


Paper and Wood Products

  • Asbestos paper
  • Millboard
  • Wallpaper
  • Plywood


Household Appliances

  • Stoves
  • Irons
  • Furnaces
  • Hair dryers


Protective Equipment

  • Asbestos gloves
  • Asbestos aprons
  • Asbestos legging
  • Fire-Fighting clothes


Home and Gardening

  • Vermiculite
  • Perlite



  • Grinding wheels
  • Theater curtains
  • Artificial snow
  • Hot pads
  • Cigarette filters
  • Conveyor belts
  • Wicks