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Old 04-19-2014, 07:13 PM   #1
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Need help identifying this material

Hello all. New to the forum. I was removing some drywall and found this stuff and immediately, fears of asbestos struck. Can anyone tell me if this is safe? I'm going to have it tested, but being the long weekend, I won't know for a few days.

One pic shows the label on the back. It says
The fireproof lath
Made in Canada
Canadian Gypsum Co., Ltd"

Second pic shows side profile. It looks like cement board on top of plaster, and there's some kind of animal hair in the cement.

Any help appreciated. TIA
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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Canada is a leading producer of asbestos product. It is certainly possible that there are asbestos fibers in the material, it is IMPOSSIBLE to determine via visual inspection. You are sending a sample to a laboratory, so that will determine if it is asbestos, and if so what type of mineral was used. In the interim, you should treat it as though it is asbestos containing, meaning that during demolition you should use standard asbestos precautions. The U.S. EPA has guidelines for handling asbestos containing material on their web site.


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