Pool hinge gaskets that were installed before 2004 to secure gates to glass pool-fencing may contain asbestos.
These hinges shouldn’t pose an immediate hazard or health risk, as the asbestos is firmly bonded within the gasket, a matrix of rubber or neoprene. However, if the gasket is damaged it may release asbestos dust and debris when removed.
- If the hinges were installed after 31 December 2003, it’s unlikely the gaskets will contain asbestos.
- Hinges installed before 2004 that are in good condition, with no visible signs of deterioration or damage to the gasket, don’t require further action.
- If you think the hinges may contain asbestos, and they’re damaged and require replacing, contact a licensed asbestos assessor.
- If the hinges test positive for asbestos, the assessor will tell you how to replace them safely.
Read more about managing asbestos safely.