The term ‘asbestos’ actually refers to six mineral types:

Chrysotile (White Asbestos)

  • Most commonly used type of asbestos
  • Can be found in roofs, ceilings, walls and floors of properties
  • Was also used in automobile brake linings, pipe insulation, gaskets and boiler seals
  • Although the most widespread of all the minerals, some studies show it takes more exposure to Chrysotile than other types of asbestos to develop related diseases

Amosite (Brown Asbestos)

  • Used frequently in pipe insulation and cement sheet
  • Can also be found in ceiling tiles, insulating board and in thermal insulation products
  • Has needle-like fibres

Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)

  • Has the least heat resistance out of all the types
  • Mainly mined in South Africa, Australia and Bolivia
  • Used to insulate steam engines and, less commonly, in some spray-on coatings, pipe insulation and cement products


  • Not used commercially
  • Can be found as a contaminant in Chrysotile asbestos, vermiculite and talc powders
  • Can be white, grey, green or even transparent


  • Not used commercially
  • Found as a contaminant, most commonly in composite flooring


  • Not as flexible as the other types of asbestos
  • Not use commercially but can be found as a contaminant in some asbestos products

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