Asbestos Analytical & Environmental Consulting
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What are the Health Effects of Asbestos

Asbestos fibres can remain unchanged in the body for years. However when changes progress the effects are serious.

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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a term used to describe naturally occurring hydrated fibrous silicates. There are six common varieties, three of which were used commercially in significant quantity.

Amosite (Brown Asbestos) - Straight needle like fibres that naturally split along their long axis producing very fine fibres.

Chrysotile (White Asbestos) - Mostly softer curlier fibres, which make them useful for weaving and has been used to make cloth for centuries.

Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos) - Straight needle like fibres that naturally split along their long axis producing very fine fibres.

Asbestos types are categorised as Amphiboles and Serpentine. Amphiboles include; Amosite (Brown) and Crocidolite (Blue), and also Actinolite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite

Serpentine asbestos is Chrysotile (White). Chrysotile is the most abundant and most commonly used form, it is found in many manufactured products. 

Asbestos properties including; heat resistance, tensile strength, incombustibility and chemical resistance have led to its widespread use in over 2,500 applications, including many construction and refurbishment building materials. These materials that contain asbestos are known as asbestos containing materials (ACMs).  

The health effects as a result of exposure to asbestos are well known, inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious disease and including asbestosis and mesothelioma.

CES is an IANZ accredited laboratory and has been accredited since 1995. Our approved analysis methods based on AS 4964 – 2004 Method for the qualitative identification of asbestos in bulk samples’ and UK guidance document ‘HSG 248: The Analysts Guide’. We can identify all types of asbestos.