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What Does Asbestos Look and Smell Like?

Asbestos is a mineral that was once commonly used in building materials such as insulation, roofing shingles and floor tiles. This means that there is a good chance your house may contain some form of asbestos if it was built before 1999. However, asbestos is very difficult to identify, especially if you have no idea what you are looking for. In this article, HSE Docs will show you how to identify the different types of asbestos and find out whether it has an odour.

So, what does asbestos look and smell like? Whilst asbestos appears differently, it usually comes in different shades of blue, green, white and brown. It comes in many different forms, sizes and finishes and has no distinguishable smell. This makes it very difficult to identify asbestos.

Keep reading to learn more about identifying asbestos in your property and where to find any important information about this material. 

 If you’re still struggling to identify the different types of asbestos, it’s worth taking a look at The Health and Safety Executive’s asbestos image gallery.

To learn more about asbestos safety, take a look at our blog, ‘Asbestos Regulations: Everything You Need To Know’.