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Asbestos Reinforced Textured Coating (Artex) contains Chrysotile (White Asbestos)

ARTEX was used extensively on walls and ceilings throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

How can I tell if the textured coating on my walls and ceilings contains asbestos?

It’s not possible to see asbestos fibres in ARTEX with the naked eye. The only way to know for sure if asbestos is present is to have a sample taken and analysed under a microscope by polarised light microscopy (PLM).

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If the textured coating was applied in the 1990s or later it would be unlikely to contain asbestos. Another indication would be the colour. If it’s orange or grey, it could be plaster, a more modern form of textured coating.

Can Artex be Left in Place?

If the Artex is undamaged it can be left safely in place, as with all asbestos products the danger occurs when it’s damaged either by design or by accident. Sanding or drilling the Artex will result in asbestos fibres being released into the air.

Have a look at the HSE website Asbestos essentials for more information.