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.