Asbestos types, Health risk and use

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of fibres that are resistant to heat, electricity and corrosion.

There are six types of asbestos 

a)Serpentine (curly fibres)



b)Amphibole (needle-like fibres)

-Amosite (grunerite)






Is asbestos dangerous?

Exposure to asbestos fibres can cause serious health issues. Asbestos is only a risk to health if fibres are released into the air and breathed in. There is usually a long delay between first exposure to asbestos and the onset of disease. This can vary from 15 to 60 years. Asbestos related diseases include mesothelioma and asbestosis.

-Mesothelioma is a type of cancer affecting lining of the lungs and chest wall

-Asbestosis is a lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres which inhaled create scaring of the lungs

Common asbestos containing materials include but are not limited to:

Asbestos loose fill insulation- Often used as sound proofing
Asbestos sprayed coating- structural beams as fire protection
Asbestos thermal insulation- asbestos pipe lagging, boiler insulation 
Asbestos millboard- Fire protection, suspended ceilings
Asbestos insulating board- fire breaks, suspended ceilings, wall linings
Asbestos paper- underside of floor lino
Asbestos textiles-gaskets, fire blankets
Asbestos cement- roofs, soffits, undercloaking 
Bitumen- roof felts, damp proof course, floor tile adhesive
Asbestos floor tiles
Reinforced asbestos resin- toilet cisterns, toilet seats, window sills

asbestos gasket
asbestos insulating board ceiling
asbestos cement cable sleeve
Asbestos textured coating