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What is asbestos cement

Asbestos cement is a well bonded, sheet building material, commonly used for roofing of outbuildings such as garages. It usually contains white asbestos bonded into the cement matrix. Care must be taken not to confuse it with asbestos insulation board which is similar in appearance, but much more hazardous since it is softer and more easily damaged thus releasing fibres into the air.

However, the asbestos fibres in asbestos cement materials can also become airborne if the cement is broken and damaged. Removal of asbestos cement does not require removal by a licensed contractor. The Asbestos Licensing Regulations do not apply to asbestos cement products. However, it is classified as Special Waste and must be disposed of at a licensed landfill.

Last Updated: 28 May 2019