Types of asbestos and asbestos containing materials

While asbestos is known for being one of the most harmful substances of the 20th century, many people at risk of exposure may still not be fully aware of the risk these deadly fibres pose. If you have been exposed to asbestos fibres and your health has suffered as a result, you may be able to claim compensation with the help of the solicitors at Asbestos Claim Centre.

Asbestos minerals

Commercially-used asbestos can be categorised into a selection of mineral groups, known as:

  • Chrysotile - white asbestos - the most commonly used form of asbestos
  • Amosite - brown asbestos - used in cement sheeting and pipe insulation
  • Crocidolite - blue asbestos - best for heat insulation, so used as lagging and in spray-on coatings. It is believed to be the most dangerous form of asbestos

Asbestos in industry

Chrysotile asbestos is the most common form of asbestos used in industrial settings. It was used widely throughout the construction industry in the fabrication of roofs, ceilings, walls and floors. Its use was also prevalent in the motor trade where its insulating properties and fire retarding capabilities made it a useful material for the construction of brake linings, pipes, gaskets and boiler seals - unfortunately this wide usage has had a devastating effect for workers in related industries.

The widespread use of chrysotile asbestos in the construction trade up until 2000 means that many commercial, residential and industrial buildings may still contain asbestos.

If a building has asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in its fabric, it could be a significant risk to health if any refurbishment or maintenance work is not properly managed.

Preventing exposure in the workplace

Despite the control of asbestos now being strictly regulated, the risk of encountering ACMs for construction and maintenance workers is still high. Companies must offer asbestos training to relevant staff to ensure the workforce, and general public, is not put at risk.

Making a claim for asbestos-related disease

Asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis can remain undiagnosed for 30 to 40 years. This means that there are still many workers and former workers who are at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

If you are suffering from an asbestos-related illness and this is attributable to exposure at work, or because someone close to you worked in such a trade and you have suffered secondary exposure, then you may be eligible to claim for asbestos compensation.

Contact the Asbestos Claim Centre today on 0800 508 8747 for free, impartial and accurate advice.

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