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What is white asbestos used for?


White asbestos, or chrysotile asbestos as it’s more commonly known, is one of the most widely used types of asbestos in the world.

It’s used in a lot of common building materials, textiles, and other materials.

Chrysotile asbestos containing products include:-

Chrysotile fibers are white in colour, with a flexible and curly texture.

Chrysotile asbestos fibers are known for being very strong, which is why they were used for hundreds of years, by being spun into thread and woven into cloth.

They are also very heat resistant and have excellent thermal, electrical and acoustic properties.

It is these properties which made the use of chrysotile (white asbestos) so popular in the manufacture of textiles and building materials.

Is white asbestos dangerous?

Although not as dangerous as other forms of asbestos, Chrysotile (white asbestos) is classed as a carcinogen and is dangerous and there is serious risk of developing a life threatening illness.

Therefore, people should treat chrysotile asbestos with the same level of concern as with other forms of asbestos.

Although, some organisations still insist that white asbestos isn’t dangerous to human health at all.

However, we would say, along with many other experts, that ALL forms of asbestos are dangerous and hazardous to health, and as such, asbestos should be banned in all countries.

white asbestos fibers
white asbestos fibers

Which is the most dangerous type of asbestos?

Although all forms of asbestos are dangerous, some are more harmful to health than others.

All types of asbestos can cause cancer such as asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, laryngeal cancer and other serious diseases.

The U.K Health Protection Agency claim that amphibole varieties of asbestos are the most dangerous forms of asbestos. 

Amiphibole asbestos has needle shaped fibers and includes amosite (brown asbestos) and crocidolite (blue asbestos).

Studies have shown that it takes much less exposure to amphibole asbestos to cause cancer.


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Duty holders and employers have a legal responsibility to manage asbestos in their properties, carrying out an asbestos survey in their building so as not to put employees at risk.

So make sure you contact our Armco office to arrange an asbestos survey, before it’s too late! 

Whether you need an asbestos management survey, or a refurbishment/ demolition survey, contact us on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting https://www.armco.org.uk/

Finally, for all your asbestos training needs call 0161 761 4424 or visit https://www.armcoasbestostraining.co.uk/to book an asbestos awareness training course.

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Published Apr 03, 2019
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