Products That Contain Asbestos
The benefits and natural availability of asbestos resulted in the material being used in hundreds of products from the 1920s until the 1980s — when clear links were made between asbestos exposure and illness.
Below are examples of some common asbestos-containing products.
Asbestos was used in the manufacturing of dozens of automobile parts due to its durable nature.
Asbestos could be found in:
- Brake pads
- Brake shoes
- Clutch facings
The use of asbestos was extremely common in automotive parts in which durability and friction was a factor.
Many construction materials were manufactured with asbestos because the mineral is strong, lightweight, friction- and fire-resistant, and cheap.
These factors made asbestos the perfect material for helping construction workers build durable and sustainable structures.
Asbestos could be found in these construction materials:
- Cement pipe
- Cement powder/mortar mixes
- Electrical components
- Pipe and blockwork
- Protective clothing
Considering the extent to which asbestos was used in the construction industry, these blue-collar workers faced a high risk of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos was also found in dozens of other industrial and consumer products.
Talc & Baby Powder
Talc — a common ingredient in baby powder — is a mineral that helps absorb moisture and reduce friction.
This makes it a perfect additive in baby powder, cosmetics, and other consumer goods.
Did You Know?
In October 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to stop purchasing Johnson & Johnson’s famous baby powder.
This alert came after the agency found trace amounts of asbestos in samples of the company’s baby powder.
Asbestos in talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, and other health issues.
Asbestos was commonly used in the manufacturing of various types of tiles found in commercial buildings, military barracks, and even homes.
Though asbestos tiles are sealed with a protective coating, the dangerous fibers can still be dispersed into the air if the tiles are cut or damaged.
Asbestos was used in the following types of tiles:
- Bathroom tiles
- Ceiling tiles
- Kitchen tiles
- Vinyl floor tiles
Proper safety precautions should be taken to avoid inhalation of hazardous asbestos when remodeling tiles in homes.
Other Asbestos Products
In addition to the products listed above, asbestos was also used in dozens — even hundreds — of other products.
Manufacturers could cut down on costs since asbestos was so cheap while still creating durable and lightweight products.
Other asbestos-containing products included:
- Air-conditioning systems
- Fire blankets
- Heat control materials
- Potting soil
- Roofing shingles
Asbestos is dangerous despite these seemingly positive properties.
The material has been linked to various forms of cancerous and non-cancerous diseases.