types of asbestos: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite

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Types of asbestos: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite
asbestos found in vinyl floor tile
asbestos found in a drainage pipe
asbestos found in a shingle roof
asbestos found in hessian carpet underlay
asbestos found in textured paints
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Asbestos is a natural fibre that was mined extensively throughout the world. The use of asbestos containing material was phased out in Australia in 1989 and entirely banned in 2004. There are 6 types of asbestos fibre. However the 3 main commercially used types are:-
• White Chrysotile -

• Brown Amosite -

• Blue Crocidolite -
the most common form found and considered the least dangerous because its fibres are curled and less sharp. This asbestos was mined in Australia eventually being phased out in 1989.

has long jagged needle like fibres. This asbestos was mined in Africa and phased out in Australia in 1984

is considered the most dangerous of the 3. It was mined extensively in Australia and Africa. Australia phased this asbestos out in 1967
Asbestos was used in a vast number of applications. It's resistance to high temperatures, chemicals and high tensile strength made it a perfect additive to other materials. It is still commonly found in wet areas (laundry, bathroom, toilet), eave lining, roofing, roof shingles, internal walls and ceilings, sprouting and downpipes, floor coverings (vinyl tiles\sheeting and adhesive), carpet underlay, flues, meter box, textured paints, external cladding, fences, insulation, sealants (including mastic expansion joints and window putty), gaskets, brake linings and clutch facings.

There were in excess of 3000 different asbestos products manufactured and many can still be found in our homes and work places.
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