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Information: What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a mineral that has been used for many commercial applications throughout the world including cement building products (fibro) and insulation materials.

It is commonly known in its various forms as:

  • Blue asbestos (crocidolite)
  • Brown asbestos (amosite)
  • White asbestos (chrysotile)
crocidolite - blue asbestos
amosite - brown asbestos
chrysotile - white asbestos
The resistance of asbestos to fire, its chemical breakdown and fibrous structure are properties that made it so useful in many products.