What is asbestos?

Several fibrous mineral silicates a commonly called asbestos, including:

  • Chrysotile (white asbestos) CAS No: 12001-29-5
  • Amosite (brown asbestos) CAS No: 12171-73-5
  • Crocidolite (blue asbestos) CAS No: 12001-28-4

Asbestos is a loose fibre, broken down from rock material, that has been mined in both Africa and Australia for decades.

Asbestos has been incorporated into a variety of materials for the construction, cladding and thermal or acoustic insulation of offices, factories and houses and in a wide range of products including:

  • Heat resistant textiles
  • Decorative coatings
  • Asbestos cement pipes
  • Thermal insulation for pipes and boilers
  • Brake and clutch friction linings
  • Floor tiles
  • Packing materials and
  • Roofs (Super six)

Asbestos is often mixed with other materials, therefore making identification based on visual examination difficult, and in most cases unreliable.