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The 6 different types of asbestos are known as chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite (the 3 that are most often used) and anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite.
‘Asbestos’ is the collective name given to all 6 minerals.
As mentioned above, the 3 types of asbestos you will probably be most familiar with are chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite.
That is because these 3 minerals are the ones that have been used most extensively in building materials over the years.
Let’s look at all 6 different types of asbestos and see how they differ, starting with the 3 that are most common:-
Otherwise known as ‘white asbestos’, chrysotile is the most commonly used form of all the different types of asbestos.
You will find Chrysotile contained within lots of buildings that were constructed pre 1999, when it was eventually banned in the UK.
It can be commonly found in roofs, ceilings, walls and floors.
Chrysotile asbestos was also a popular choice for manufacturers who made brake linings for vehicles, boiler seals, gaskets and also insulation for pipes, ducts and appliances.
Amosite is also commonly known as the ‘brown asbestos’ and was used most commonly used in the manufacture of cement sheets and pipe insulation.
You will also find amosite contained within building materials such as insulating board, thermal insulation products and ceiling tiles.
The 3rd most common type of asbestos is Crocidolite, otherwise known as the ‘blue asbestos’ or by it’s other name ‘Riebeckite’.
It was frequently used to insulate steam engines, and also used in some spray-on coatings, cement products, plastics and pipe insulation.
Much less common than the likes of chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite, anthophyllite was used in small quantities for the likes of insulation products and some construction materials.
Anthophyllite also occurs as a contaminant in chrysotile, talc and vermiculite.
It can appear as either grey, white or dull green in color.
Anthophyllite asbestos minerals can appear as brown, green, white, transparent or grey.
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