Is this asbestos?

I'd quite like to be able to attach things to the garage ceiling but I'm worried it might be asbestos:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xxr1xlgkue6ocq3/2013-03-05%2015.42.55.jpg?m https://www.dropbox.com/s/3nms205p5k28wh2/2013-03-05%2015.43.18.jpg?m
It's a bit tricky from photos, but does this look like asbestos? As you can see in the first photo (the way it reflects the light) the boards have a slight shinyness to them.
Any thoughts?
Thanks,
Alex
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On 06/03/2013 00:37, Alexander Lamaison wrote:

When was it built? Asbestos was banned in new buildings in the mid 1980s.
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Lots of google hits on *asbestolux* and certainly likely to be used for the OPs application.
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My favourite is this charming gem: http://curiousobject.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/asbestolux.html
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On Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:32:18 +0000, Alexander Lamaison

Priceless.
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On Wed, 06 Mar 2013 09:46:32 +0000, Alexander Lamaison

Same age as me. The wife says I'm irritating.
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On 06/03/2013 09:46, Alexander Lamaison wrote:

Almost certainly asbestos cement in that case. Peter Parry has given advice on how to deal with drilling that. However, if you are planning to hang things, hang them from the timbers holding the ceiling up, not from the ceiling itself.
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Alexander Lamaison wrote:

Just don't breathe in the dust.
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I was considering just holding my breath and going for it. Judging by the images on asbestoswathdog.co.uk (e.g. [1]) it appears to be asbestos cement. How much risk is there if I screw into this directly without any drilling?
[1] http://www.asbestoswatchdog.co.uk/Libraries/AC-Library/Asbestos-Cement-Flat-Sheet-005.sflb.ashx
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sigh JFGI on here and read up on the "at least annual" discussions/opinions/ panics/ etc?
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On Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:31:12 +0000, Alexander Lamaison

To your temper? A lot. Asbestos cement, like any cement, isn't really a material you can screw directly into. Asbestos cement poses a very small but finite risk. There is a strong dose/effect relationship with asbestos products and the vast majority of harm is caused by extensive exposure in industrial settings for many years. The single exposure risk is tiny, but does exist.
It is worth investing in a mask and, to drill the holes without dust spreading , some plastic drinking cups. Drill through the base of the plastic mug and use a blob of Plasticine or putty to hold it onto the drill so the drill protrudes the drilling depth from the top of the mug. Wet the ceiling area with a spray and drill slowly. The dust will be collected by the drinking mug. You can use wet newspaper on the floor to catch any residue if you wish,
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This one's a keeper. Thanks.
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On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:37:58 AM UTC, alamaison wrote:

worried it might be asbestos: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xxr1xlgkue6ocq3/201 3-03-05%2015.42.55.jpg?m https://www.dropbox.com/s/3nms205p5k28wh2/2013-03- 05%2015.43.18.jpg?m It's a bit tricky from photos, but does this look like asbestos? As you can see in the first photo (the way it reflects the light) the boards have a slight shinyness to them. Any thoughts? Thanks, Alex -- Swish - Easy SFTP for Windows Explorer (http://www.swish-sftp.org )
Just tap it, if it sounds hard most likey some form of fibre cement stroke asbestos, if it sounds dull it could be plaster board or a wood fibre board .
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It sounds hard. More a thwang than a thump.
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It looks like it could be asbestos cement, but I expect whatever asbestos free substitute was used once asbestos was banned looks similar.
When I sold my previous house the buyer insisted on me getting the garage ceiling tested for asbestos, which meant posting a small sample off to a specialist asbestos service.
Then I had to persuade someone at the local council advice service to put it in writing that good condition asbestos cement of that type isn't a health hazard if you don't disturb it.
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On Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:37:58 +0000, Alexander Lamaison wrote:

As you have no doubt gathered it is impossible to identify asbestos (especially the type of asbestos) from a photograph.
If you want to be sure, have it analysed.
If you want to sell your house, hope the surveyor doesn't pick up on it.
If it needs removing consider DIY (using correct procedure) because the Health and Safety requirements for a contractor are so over stated that you probably couldn't afford it.
Cheers
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