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frequently asked Asbestos questions
Asbestos is a general name given to a group of six different minerals made up of fibres and occurring naturally in the environment.
Asbestos fibres are too small to be seen by the naked eye. They do not dissolve in water or evaporate. They resist heat and fire and cannot be broken down easily by chemicalsor bacteria.
In the UK and the US, asbestos was used in many commercial products, mostly in the 20th century. Asbestos may still be used in brake linings and roofing shingles.
The two general types of asbestos are chrysotile (fibrous serpentine) and Amosite.
Chrysotile asbestos has long, flexible fibres. This type of asbestos is most commonly used in commercial products. Amosite - Amphibole fibres are brittle and have a rod or needle shape. They were not as common as chrysotile asbestos in commercial products.
Exposure to either type of asbestos increases the chance of developing asbestos-related diseases, but amphibole fibres tend to stay in the lungs longer. Studies have shown that amphibole fibres are more likely than chrysotile asbestos to increase the risk of mesothelioma.