What are the types of Asbestos Used Commercially?

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The team of Brisbane asbestos removal specialists here at Area 51 Asbestos deal with a number of different forms of asbestos fibres that have been used commercially including in household constructions. While all asbestos fibres are a carcinogenic health concern, they come in different forms which have varying properties and fall into different classes.
Since our team strongly believes asbestos education is the best method of preventing exposure, today’s blog post compares the different forms of asbestos, including where these forms have been typically used in a commercial setting.

Chrysotile (White Asbestos)

This is the most common type of asbestos used in buildings around the world. White asbestos has been typically found in roofs, flooring and walls of homes or businesses. This curly fibre has additionally been used in a number of automotive applications, including brake linings. Studies have shown that it takes more exposure to this form of asbestos than other types to develop asbestos related illnesses.

Amosite (Brown Asbestos)

Originating in Africa from mined mineral deposits, this brown coloured form of asbestos has long needle-like fibres which can penetrate the lungs when inhaled. It has commonly been used in thermal insulation products and in electrical insulation, but most frequently in cement sheeting and pipe insulation work.

Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)

Also characterised by its needle-like fibres, blue asbestos is considered the most dangerous form of asbestos which has been mined in numerous countries, including Australia. Used in piping insulation as well as other cement products, crocidolite is also more brittle than many other asbestos products making any unprotected contact and exposure more dangerous.

When it comes to all things asbestos related, get the right facts the first time from the specialists here at Area 51 Asbestos. We’ll continue to keep you updated here on our asbestos advice page. For more information about asbestos removal and disposal in the Brisbane area please call us on 1300 AREA 51.