Products Made with Asbestos

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Asbestos Products & Materials Used Throughout History

Asbestos was used for centuries, however, it was not mined for commercial use until the late 19th century. Exposure to asbestos is not just limited to occupational settings. Many asbestos products were used at home by individuals who unknowingly exposed themselves and their families, putting them at risk for developing mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease. The list below is not comprehensive but provides an idea of the everyday products that were made with asbestos. 


  • Adhesives and Mastics
  • Asbestos Cement Piping
  • Automotive Brakes and Clutches
  • Bakelite and Plastics
  • Cigarette Filters
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Drywall Products or Joint Compound
  • Firebrick
  • Fire Doors
  • Fireproofing
  • Floor Tile
  • Gaskets
  • Gloves and Aprons
  • Hair Dryers
  • Insulation
  • Millboard
  • Paint
  • Plaster
  • Roofing shingles
  • Talcum or Baby Powder
  • Texturing
  • Welding Rods and Blankets
  • Valve Packing
  • Vermiculite and Gardening Fertilizer
  • Vinyl Floor Tile
  • Vinyl Wall Coverings
  • Wiring

Have Questions About Asbestos Exposure?

The Veterans Asbestos Alliance is available to answer any of your questions.