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What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural rock/mineral we mine straight out of the earth. Prime exporters of asbestos are Canada, Columbia, China and Russia. World production peaked at 6 million tonnes and is currently exporting around 1.5million tonnes worldwide.

Asbestos has been banned in the UK, however third world countries are the main importers e.g., Africa, South America and Australasia.

Two forms of asbestos that are common are blue and brown asbestos and these were banned in 1985, white asbestos is the most commonly found in the UK and was banned in 1999.

There are 6 types of asbestos Chrysotile, Grunerite (also known as Amosite), Crocidolite, Tremolite, Actinolite and Anthophyllite.