Ceiling tiles and... Asbestos

First question, do you move ceiling tiles? At all? If they’re easy?

Second question, if ceiling tiles are a material that may contain asbestos, then should we not touch them at all?

I suppose it’d be safe to move ceiling tiles if the house is made a few years after 1975?
https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/asbestos/who_is_at_risk.html

So can anyone help by providing info on typically what to look for in terms of type of ceiling tiles that may contain asbestos? Thanks!

First question: I’ll move a few if I have a reason.
Second question: I’ll move them even if I suspect they have asbestos.
Third question: How Can I Tell if My Ceiling Tiles Are Made With Asbestos? | Asbestos 123

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Yes, I remove some ceiling tiles. I go for hot spots, under exterior doors, deck connections and under plumbing.

In my report, I state just what I did. Though not required by my SOP, I lifted a few ceiling tiles here, here and here then my observations and limitations.

https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Asbestos_Ceiling_Tiles.php

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You quite simply cannot determine it visually.
The age of the building is a clue, but only a clue.
My local lab charges $45 to look at a sample under a microscope and determine the asbestos content (if any).

The back of the ceiling tile MAY, but probably does NOT indicate who made it and when.

https://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/Asbestos_Ceiling_Tiles.php

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I always did. It is amazing what one can see/find above the ceiling tiles.

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Welcome back to our forum, Aaron…Enjoy! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Thanks for your response! Yeah I’ve read that article :slight_smile:

Thanks for all your replies everyone.

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