List of Typical Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs): Asbestos is a mineral that was frequently used as a building material in the UK between 1940 and 1999, although it was most common in materials made in the 60s, 70s and 80s. For this reason, any structure or product manufactured before the year 2000 (when the material was banned in the UK) has the potential to contain asbestos.

Our list below details some of the most common Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs):

  • Aprons
  • Artex
  • Asbestos blankets
  • Asbestos cement roofs
  • Asbestos cloth
  • Asphalt roofing
  • Awnings and curtains
  • Battery insulation (loose fibre)
  • Bitumen (adhesive and mastic)
  • Brakes
  • Canopies
  • Car bodies
  • Carpets
  • Caulking
  • Cavity decking
  • Coffins
  • Cold water storage cisterns
  • Corrugated asbestos cement (3 and 6 inch)
  • Corrugated cement roofs
  • Damp-proof sealant and paper
  • Drive belts
  • Electric cable coverings
  • Filters
  • Firefighting equipment
  • Floor tiles and flooring materials
  • Flue pipes
  • Garage roofs
  • Gas mask filters
  • Gaskets
  • Gloves and gauntlets
  • Guttering
  • Helmets
  • Insulating wire
  • Insulation materials (lagging and board)
  • Mattress filling
  • Oil burning wicks
  • Packaging
  • Panel sheets
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Pipe coverings
  • Pipework
  • Plaster
  • Radiator covers
  • Rafters
  • Railway sleepers
  • Roof tiles
  • Roofing felt
  • Roofing shingles
  • Rope and string
  • Rugs
  • Sealants
  • Shed roofs
  • Spark plugs
  • Spray coatings
  • Storage heaters
  • Stove mats
  • Tape
  • Textured coatings (such as Artex)
  • Theatre props (e.g. fake dust, cobwebs, snow etc.)
  • Tiles
  • Twine and thread
  • Ventilation ducts
  • Vinyl tiles
  • Wadding
  • Wall plugging compound
  • Wallboard
  • Welding rod coatings
  • Window sills and boxes

The Health and Safety Executive also has a list of more specific product names that may contain asbestos.

All workers who are likely to disturb ACMs during their normal work should be trained to work safely. Find out more about CPD, RoSPA and IATP approved online asbestos awareness training. This training is suitable for anyone who may be exposed to asbestos as part of their work so that they understand the dangers and can avoid any work which may disturb asbestos.