Where is asbestos found? Well, asbestos is in our daily lives. It is a naturally occuring mineral, thus we may encounter the presence of asbestos in ambient air, as a soil contaminant, as a contaminant released naturally from its source in rocks, as a contaminant from mining and processing, and as a contaminant from its presence in products. It is a cheap material and has been used in over 3,000 types of products, and still are. It is used in homes, factories, office buildings, public buildings, in schools and hospitals, in home consumer products and electrical appliances, in brake pads and clutch linings of cars and automobiles, in sound, heat and fire insulation, adhesives, paints, lubricants and in medical packing, and many other places.
Asbestos is used in almost every industry from aerospace, construction, oil drilling to textiles and rubber processing mills. It is even used in filters and apparatus for cheese and wine making.
Despite bans and regulations that prevent further use of asbestos in most developed nations, its still a deadly legacy since most of those products still remain installed or owned in all of the areas mentioned above.
Where is asbestos found?
List of ambient sources
List of asbestos products
To get an idea of how widespread the use of asbestos is, here is an extended list of asbestos use and asbestos products (click to read details and view pictures):