It’s something that seems to appear everywhere for our surveyors; garage ceilings, soffit boards, packings underneath window sills or even hidden inside doors. Asbestos insulating board can sometimes seem to be everywhere, its fireproofing qualities and ability to be cut to size contributed to it being used throughout the UK until it was banned in 1985.
Amongst professionals asbestos insulating board is rarely mentioned when talking about the most dangerous asbestos containing materials (ACM’s). This is reflected with the industry standard scoring when conducting a material risk assessment. Asbestos insulating board will score a two out of three, whereas the more obvious high risk products (pipework lagging, sprayed coatings etc) score a three. The level of risk for asbestos insulating board materials generally comes out as Medium Risk or Low Risk.