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There are an estimated 3000 products that contain asbestos. In Ontario asbestos was widely used in sprayed-on material and in pipe and boiler insulation until 1973[ 3 ] . The use of many other asbestos containing materials continued until the mid 1980's. Asbestos is still used in the manufacture of a limited number of products, including some floor tiles, cement products, friction materials and textiles. The following list was adapted from the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Sample List of Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials[ 4 ]. It is not an all inclusive list but is intended as a general guide to show which types of building materials may contain asbestos.
[ 3 ] J.S. Dupre, J.F. Mustard & R.J. Uffin, Report of the Royal Commission on Matters of Health and Safety Arising from the Use of Asbestos in Ontario, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Toronto, Ontario, 1984, page 12.
[ 4 ] US Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/Region06/6pd/asbestos/asbmatl.htm
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