Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material and has been used for
about 150 years on a large scale. It is versatile, plentiful and ideal as a fire-proofing
and insulation material. But it can be deadly!
The three main types of asbestos that have been used commercially are:
- Crocidolite (blue)
- Amosite (brown)
- Chrysotile (white)
These groups of asbestos fibres differ in their
mechanical and chemical properties. The different types
of asbestos can be found on their own or as a mixture
with any of the other fibres. All asbestos fibres are classed as dangerous, but blue and brown asbestos are thought to be more
dangerous than white asbestos.
Presence of Asbestos
Asbestos was used in a plethera of different products and buildings from the 1950’s to the mid 1980’s with Asbestos cement was used up until 1999 in a variety of different materials. Therefore any building that was constructed or had major refurbishment between the 1950’s and mid 80’s is likely to contain some type of asbestos containing material.