What is asbestos?

Asbestos as defined by the Health and safety executive is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral with each asbestos fibre formed by tiny microscopic fibres. There are 6 known asbestos fibres however, in the United Kingdom there were only three fibres used, Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (Brown Asbestos) & Crocidolite (Blue asbestos). The fibres were mined and then refined and used in various materials used within construction, marine & various other uses.

The reason for using asbestos fibres within a whole range of materials was due to some reasons such it is highly heat-resistant and also adding extra strength to the material it was mixed with.

As shown bellow here are some examples of what some asbestos materials look like / some of our projects we have carried out.