Asbestos In Household and Industrial Appliances

Products that once contained asbestos can be broadly divided into three ranges of products. Read on to learn more.

Handheld and Small Appliances

Handheld and smaller-than-a-breadbox sized items that had to be both lightweight and heat resistant often made it onto this list. Also, items that may have contained no major asbestos component may still have included asbestos electrical insulation in their cords or circuits.

  • Hairdryers
  • Toasters
  • Hotplates/Bunsen burners
  • Oven mitts and other heat resistant textiles
  • The wicks in lamps

Large and Installed Appliances

Larger appliances, including portable, free-standing, and installed products also could contain asbestos products as heat and electrical insulation and textiles.

  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens and stoves
  • Wood-burning stoves
  • Decorative fireplace logs
  • Ironing boards and their covers
  • Electrical blankets
  • Heaters
  • Crockpots and popcorn poppers

Talcum and Vermiculite Products

It’s important to remember that asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is mined. While this silica-based mineral only forms under certain circumstances, it can also form in or near other minerals, potentially contaminating them. Both talcum (talc powder) and vermiculite both can be contaminated, and before testing was done to make sure these minerals were screened, both could be contaminated by asbestos.


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