Large amounts of asbestos-containing materials were used for a wide range of construction purposes in new and refurbished buildings until 1999 when the use of asbestos was banned..
There are six types of asbestos:
- white asbestos (also called chrysotile or serpentine)
- brown asbestos (also called amosite or grunerite)
- blue asbestos (also called crocidolite or riebeckite)
Asbestos may be found in the floor, wall, ceiling or roofing materials of any building built or refurbished before 2000, or in contaminated soils.