Do you know the 3 main different types of asbestos and what to look out for?

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Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that was predominantly used as a building material in the UK between the 1950's and 1980's due to its strength, fire and sound resistant characteristics.

In 1999, the UK banned asbestos. Any property that had been refurbished or built prior to this may therefore bring an increased risk.

The three most common and main types of asbestos found within construction are otherwise referred to as white, brown and blue and are described in more detail below:

1. Chrysotile (white asbestos) is the most commonly used and found form of asbestos and is found most commonly in places such as:

  • Adhesives
  • Brake pads
  • Cement
  • Drywall
  • Fireproofing
  • Gaskets
  • Boiler seals
  • Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Vinyl tiles

2. Amosite (brown asbestos) was used most frequently in cement sheets and pipe insulation but can also be commonly found in:

  • Cement sheets
  • Fire protection
  • Gaskets
  • Insulation
  • Insulating boards
  • Roofing products
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Vinyl tiles

3. Crocidolite (blue asbestos) was commonly used in some spray-on coatings, pipe insulation, plastics and cement products but can also be found in:

  • Acid storage battery casings
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Cement sheets
  • Fireproofing
  • Insulation
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