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The 2 Groups of Asbestos

All 6 forms of asbestos fall into 2 groups. Serpentines or Amphiboles, the only form of asbestos that is a, is Chrysotile (Most common in the UK), the other 5 are classed as Amphiboles. The difference between the 2 is the ability to absorb water.Serpentine has curly fibres that sit together in layers, which leaves gaps and allows water to enter.

Amphiboles have a strong straight formation, which prevents liquids from being absorbed.

To prevent dust from becoming airborne, we damp it down and this is the major problem when it comes to the two forms we commonly come across in the amphibole (blue and brown).