The term ‘asbestos’ refers to a group of six fibrous, naturally occurring minerals. It has many qualities including being durable, flexible, a natural insulation product, great at absorbing sound and having resistance to fire, heat and electricity.
The three main types of asbestos are:
- Chrysotile or ‘white asbestos’ - known for its long, curly fibres and was the most common type to be used commercially
- Amosite or ‘brown asbestos’ - has brown or grey coloured fibres and was the second most commonly used type
- Crocidolite or ‘blue asbestos’ - with its straight blue needle-like fibres was mostly used for thermal insulation spray or fireproofing.
Other less used types are Tremolite, Anthophyllite and Actinolite.
Please note: all of these can harm you if you breathe in dust containing the fibres.
Uses of asbestos: