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Types of Asbestos

Asbestos is the generic name for six naturally occurring minerals that have been used in commercial products for their strength, flexibility, low electrical conductivity, and resistance to heat and chemicals. It is composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen, and various metals.

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What’s the problem?

Asbestos is a chemically inert mineral that is fire resistant and does not conduct heat or electricity (making it a commonly used insulator), is insoluble, and is without odor. Asbestos’ combination of properties made it a valuable resource, regularly used in buildings, automobiles, shipyards and a variety of household products.

Common Asbestos Types

The three most common types of asbestos fibers are:

  • Chrysotile (white asbestos) – is made up of fine, silky, flexible white fibers. Chrysotile consists of minerals crystallized in a serpentine pattern, which means its crystals are formed in sheets. This is the most common type of asbestos comprising approximately 95 percent of all asbestos commercially used in the United States. Due to the widespread use of this fiber, chrysotile accounts for the majority of asbestos-related health problems throughout the world.
  • Amosite – Amosite asbestos is more commonly referred to as “brown” asbestos and sometimes “gray” asbestos. This form of asbestos was found and is mined in South Africa and is considered to be one of the more hazardous forms of the material, second only to “blue” asbestos. The amosite variety of asbestos was used primarily as a fire retardant in thermal insulation products, like ceiling tiles. Brown asbestos is now banned in most countries and has been for a number of years, but it can still be found in older products and structures, therefore still posing potential dangers, especially because this form of asbestos is highly friable.
  • Crocidolite (Riebeckite) – Although crocidolite was the least-often used type of asbestos (about 4 percent of the total used in the U.S.), it’s considered the most dangerous form of asbestos. Estimates of the death rate due to mesothelioma among crocidolite miners average about 18 percent.

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