Asbestos has been widely used in schools, hospitals, residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout most of the 19th century right up until the late 1980s when the proper regulations that were put into place started to mitigate the risk effectively.
Asbestos is directly linked to various diseases, but most notably mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. This is why asbestos should always be removed by certified/trained professionals who know how to get the job done right and safe.
All Thomas James Environmental Inc. workers are fully trained and certified and carry the proper identifications on them throughout each project to abide by the Ontario Regulation 278/05. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


Here is a list of common building materials known to contain asbestos if installed prior to the mid-late 1980s. That being said, there should always be a proper Designated Substance Report by a certified environmental consultant to confirm.

Drywall and joint compound
Gas mask filters pre-1960s
Mud and texture coats
Vinyl floor tiles, sheeting, adhesives, Roofing tars, felts, siding, and shingles[53]
“Transite” panels, siding, countertops, and pipes
Popcorn ceilings, also known as acoustic ceilings


Filters for removing fine particulates from chemicals, liquids and wine
Dental cast linings
HVAC flexible duct connectors
Drilling fluid additives
Industrial and marine gaskets
Brake pads and shoes
Stage curtains
Fire blankets
Interior fire doors
Fireproof clothing for firefighters
Thermal pipe insulation