A Brief Introduction to Asbestos Science

Asbestos is the trade-name given to a range of fibrous minerals of which 3 were commonly used at one time or another in the Western world. They all have scientific names: chrysotile, crocidolite and amosite and common names: white, blue and brown asbestos, in that order. Like metals and plastics which are found in a variety of forms, the types of asbestos are not all the same. White asbestos is a soft material with curly fibres, whereas the blue and brown forms are hard with needle-like fibres. Geologists classify crocidolite (blue) and amosite (brown) with other minerals called 'amphiboles' most of which are not fibrous. Together they are among the commonest minerals in the earth’s crust. Chrysotile (white) is classified as a 'serpentine' mineral and this group includes minerals as diverse as talc and some semi-precious stones.

Our Science section features summaries of peer reviewed scientific studies, most of which have been ignored by governments seeking to ban Chrysotile. As our requests for an open and informed debate to review this science have been consistently ignored, we invite anyone who can provide evidence to refute these findings to leave their comments so we can finally put an end to all of this confusion.

Further information

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