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Good morning, and welcome to the Technical section in JustAnswer, an independent paid question and answer platform that matches customers' questions to experts in various skills. My name is ***** ***** I'll be happy to help you today.I'm not familiar with the paste that you've mentioned. Could you explain more about it, and/or attach a photo of it? And when do you think the paste was applied?
I've never used any such thing around a light switch.A photo would help, but are you referring to the plastic (or metal) plate that you see, or the backbox into which the switch is installed?Just in case you're thinking of decorators' caulk, which is sometimes used to fill a narrow gap before painting, then that does not contain asbestos. By law, any construction material used since 1999 cannot contain asbestos.If I've guessed wrongly, please attach a photo so that I can see what're you're referring to.
You seem to have read only a tiny part of my post, and not addressed the questions that you could answer without a photo.1. Are you referring to the plastic (or metal) plate that you see, or the backbox into which the switch is installed?2. Are you thinking of decorators' caulk?
OK. So whilst modern caulk is acrylic-based, it's possible that you have old caulk, and some of that did contain asbestos, so you're right to be cautious. However, the type of caulk that used to contain asbestos was generally used in plumbing and heating installations, not in decorating.To be certain you would need to commission the analysis of a sample. There are many companies licensed to offer this service; one example is below:https://www.djsurveying.co.uk/asbestos_caulking.htm
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To answer your question about releasing asbestos fibres, It's a low probability,If scrapings have come away from the wall, then generally those will fall to the floor and not be airborne. I recommend the following:1. Do not vacuum or sweep up the fragments.2. Take a wet paper towel and mop up the fragments and or dust from the floor. Fold the paper towel around the bits and put it in ziplock bag.3. Contact your local recycling centre, or council, and ask how to get the fragments tested for asbestos.. The asbestos contractor will take the sample, test it, safely dispose of it, and tell you the result of the test.