AIB – Asbestos Insulating Board – what is it ?

AIB – Asbestos Insulating Board used extensively as fireproofing Asbestos Insulating Board had many other uses which included:

  • partition walls
  • fireproofing panels for fire doors
  • linings on lift shafts
  • ceiling tiles
  • soffits
  • window panels

As a demolition contractor we encounter this all the time internally and externally.


AIB- Asbestos insulating board – how can you recognise it

Located in buildings in wall panels, ceiling tiles & plasterboard. It is challenging to identify the difference between AIB – asbestos insulating board items and non-asbestos materials to an untrained person. The Downwell Group recommend that you have a survey carried out by a trained asbestos surveyor to identify AIB.

Inner City Environmental can provide this service and removal.

Work on all types of asbestos can be dangerous. 

However, some short-duration work (less than one hour for one person in seven days, but not exceeding two hours spent by all workers) for minor tasks on removal of AIB can be by non-licensed workers who have had appropriate training

Removal of AIB for a short duration for demolition is notifiable.

Work exceeding more than one hour for one person in seven days, or more than two hours by all workers will require a licensed contractor to remove the AIB.

The HSE Asbestos essentials include several downloadable task sheets. These show you how to carry out non-licensed work on AIB safely.

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Other useful Asbestos Information

Types of asbestos – Link




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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.