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What Is Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral that was commercially exploited for its useful properties. There are over 3000 products containing asbestos that are around us today which includes insulation (thermal and acoustic) fire resistance and as a binder in cement. The three main types of asbestos:
Also known as Riebeckite and blue asbestos, it is part of the Amphibole group.
Also known as Asbestos Grunerite and brown asbestos, it is part of the Amphibole group.
Also known as white asbestos, it is part of the Serpentine group Please note: The colours do not always determine the type as dyes were often added. Diseases as the latency period (the time between first exposure and death) is between 15 and 60 years many of the people who are dying from asbestos related diseases now were exposed in the 1960s and 1970s. Asbestos related diseases cause an estimated 3000 deaths per year. Asbestosis, pleural plaques, lung cancer and mesothelioma are all caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.