Sprayed coatings on ceilings, walls, beams and columns

Sprayed coatings

Where do you find this?

Insulation on the underside of roofs and sometimes sides of buildings and warehouses. Also used as fire protection on steel and reinforced concrete beams/columns and on underside of floors.

It was very easy to overspray or get a 'splash back' from the equipment used to apply this so there is likely to be debris around the sprayed area.

What does this look like?

Usually white or grey in colour with a rough surface, although they may have been painted.

How dangerous is this?

This contains up to 85% asbestos and breaks up very easily. It is one of the most dangerous materials containing asbestos. Even minor disturbance of sprayed coatings can release large quantities of asbestos fibres into the air where they can be breathed in.

source: Sprayed coatings

Asbestos can be found in any Industrial property or Residential property built or refurbished before the year 2000. It is in many of the common materials used in the building trade that you may come across during your work.

When asbestos is disturbed or damaged, it releases tiny fibres into the air. These fibres can easily be inhaled without the person even noticing. They can become trapped in the nose or throat, or they can work their way into the lung or digestive tract. Once the fibres enter the body, this is when they start to cause health problems.