The only way to know if a building material contains asbestos is to have it tested.
Asbestos products have a very wide range of appearances. It is not possible to tell by simply looking at it whether a particular item contains asbestos or is a modern, version of the same product and does not contain asbestos. The only way to tell, if you don't know the construction history details, is to have a sample tested by a qualified laboratory.
In most developed countries, laws and regulations require employers and landlords to notify workers and lease holders about asbestos-containing materials in their areas, especially if their activity might disturbe the asbestos. If asbestos is present in building materials, it is not a hazard unless disturbed and turned into airborne dust. It is not possible to look at a material with the naked eye and tell whether asbestos is present. If you know something of the history of a building and understand what kinds of uses asbestos was put to at different times during the last 150 years, it is possible to tell by looking that something might contain asbestos and should be handled as if it did until lab tests show that it does not.
Linoleum generally did not contain asbestos but other forms of floor tiles that some people mistakenlycall linoleum, did. The only way to tell whether any building material (floor tile, wall board, insulation, etc.) contains asbestos is to have a sample analysed by a qualified lab. Although a home owner can legally collect a sample in most jurisdictions, proper technique in collecting the sample is important to avoid contaminating the space if the materials does contain asbestos. So it may be best to pay the extra $25-$40 to have a knowledgeable and qualified technician collect the sample and send it to a qualified lab.
Generally, No. I, personally, have never seen one and am relatively certain that no dust mask protects users against asbestos. When you purchase a dust mask, on the box will tell you what types of particles the mask will protect you from. Most boxes will specifically state that the masks Do NOT protect against asbestos. Those that handle asbestos use specially designed respirators.
There are only two ways to know if your fireproof safe contains asbestos.Look at the design specifications for the make and model you have, orHave a hole drilled in the safe so a sample of the interior material can be removed by a qualified asbestos handler and analyzed by a qualified analytical laboratory.
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