When you think of uses for asbestos, you will probably think about old building construction,
walls, cladding, and ceiling insulation. However, did you know that many everyday items
contained asbestos too which were used every day in households across Sydney?
Before the health dangers that the fibrous silicate of asbestos was discovered, asbestos was
seen as a beneficial material due to its efficient heat resistant qualities. It was also extremely
low cost, which was ideal for mass manufacturing, production and construction in the majority of
buildings in Sydney.
Between the 1940s and 1980s asbestos was used in a variety of household items which
you may be surprised to learn:-
Car parts were an obvious choice and asbestos was widely used in both brake and clutch parts.
If you have an old vintage car, you may want to get it checked by contacting a consultant for
asbestos sampling Sydney.
Old Irons and Ironing board covers were used due to asbestos heat resistance and also in
heatproof mats for the kitchen, right up until the 1980s.
If you are still using that hairdryer from the 1980s or collect vintage items, stop immediately as
asbestos filled hair dryers blow dangerous asbestos fibres into the air with a high chance of
breathing them in. During the late ’70s and ‘80s a whopping 80% of handheld hair dryers were
manufactured with asbestos as Tiles, splashbacks and fittings in wet and heat areas, particularly kitchen and bathrooms. If you are renovating an older home with vintage fixtures, make sure you get an expert in to check
before you take to the tiles with a sledgehammer.
Some children’s toys were found to have traces of asbestos and even found in colouring
While asbestos use was banned in the UK and Australia in the early 2000s, vintage household
items may still cause you harm. Do not try to repair these items yourself and relegate them to
the collectable cabinet only and not for use. Also, check where you buy future items from and check thoroughly what they are made of as some countries have not yet regulated or banned the use of asbestos and you could be purchasing dangerous items unwittingly.