Asbestos Information

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a generic term used for the 6 types of legally identifiable mineral fibre types that are asbestiform.

There are 1 serpantine and 5 amphibole mineral types of asbestos. They are:

1. Chrysotile (white), Serpentine

2. Amosite (brown), Amphibole

3. Crocidolite (blue/ grey), Amphibole

4. Anthrophyllite (white), Amphibole

5. Actinolite (green/ grey), Amphibole

6. Tremolite (white), Amphibole

Most Laboratories will only identify the first 3 and are not equiped to identify the other types. they will report Unknown mineral fibre and this will inturn lead to possible disturbance or removal of an asbestos material by persons that are not aware that it still may contain asbestos.

Tremolite is very common usually as a contaminate in chrysotile.

Under the naked eye most asbestos fibres except crocidolite are white in appearance and not distinguishable as asbetsos until analysed by  Polarized Light Miscrocopy with Dispertion staining techniques.

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Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos can be a serious health hazard when handled improperly. When the asbestos fibres become airborne, individuals working with asbestos may inhale particles. This is extremely dangerous to a person’s health as these particles remain in the lungs and over time can cause serious illness such a cancer. These include mesothelioma, lung cancer and other non-malignant lung diseases such as asbestosis and pleural plaques.

Exposure to asbestos was common among a number trades particularly those working in the mining and construction industries and also as mechanics, plumbers and electricians. The prevalence of asbestos illness is declining due to the phasing out of asbestos use.  However, asbestos material still remains in many Australian homes and commercial buildings.

Today asbestos exposure mainly occurs accidentally or by the reckless actions of individuals who ignore the well-documented risks. If left untouched, asbestos poses no danger however a single loose fibre from broken or unsettled asbestos poses serious danger to those who have been exposed and can be fatal in some cases.

The proper identification and removal of asbestos is vital. If you think you may have asbestos in your home or office, contact ATS Laboratories for expert advice and testing to ensure a risk free environment.