In its most natural form, asbestos can be found in various hues, including blue, green, white and brown. Whilst asbestos found in buildings is not easily identifiable, in some cases, you can spot asbestos fibres in damaged asbestos-containing products.
Tiny asbestos fibres are commonly found in building materials if the asbestos gets mixed into other substances like cement or plastic. It is possible to find asbestos in various forms, sizes and finishes but it can be even more difficult to identify asbestos when it is in a damaged state. Bear in mind that when asbestos is processed, it splits into soft fibres, which can be very dangerous if inhaled.
Below, we will explore the most popular asbestos-based building and construction materials, giving you an overview of the materials and properties for each. We’ll also highlight the particular characteristics to be aware of and include images to help you identify the different types of asbestos.
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